Doctors and the brain drain
Doctors trained in developing countries often choose to work elsewhere. Wais Ahmed considers the implications for the countries they leave behind
- By: Wais Ahmed
Destitution is still one of the biggest challenges that the developing world faces despite great achievements made in social, scientific, and economic development in the past century. Live 8 was the biggest political-humanitarian musical show ever to contribute to the relief of poverty in Africa, but to what long term effect?
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development reports that over the past 27 years the West has devoted almost $500bn to alleviate poverty in Africa, but in this time poverty has worsened.1 Debt relief and economic aid may not be the magic bullets for these problems. What effect does the exodus of developing world professionals to the West have?
This exodus is particularly important with regard to the health sector. The estimated 35 million health professionals worldwide are not equitably shared between countries, largely because of international migration of health professionals.2 Better quality of life, higher salaries, access