Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Global Health Care

This agreement is long overdue:
GENEVA (Reuters) May 21 - Health ministers sealed a rare global accord on Friday to avoid recruiting doctors and nurses from poor countries where there is an acute shortage of medical staff.The voluntary code for World Health Organization members is only the second such accord in its history and follows six years of negotiations aimed at stemming the exodus of health care workers from roughly 60 of the world's poorest countries.........Industrialized countries, where aging populations require growing health services, recruit trained doctors, nurses and midwives from developing countries which lose precious resources after investing in their training.
The need to facilitate better health care in developing countries is enormous. This accord will attempt to meet the needs of these countries not only by eliminating recruitment of health care workers, but also to assist an increase in medical training. 
The United States, largest recruiter of health care workers from other countries, voiced strong support for the voluntary code under which rich nations vow to uphold ethical principles and also support medical training in low-income areas...."We recognize the critical shortage of trained health professionals in the world's poorest countries ... and are committed to addressing that need," said Nils Daulaire, director of global health affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who led the U.S. delegation to the Geneva talks.

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