Coronavirus (322) Universal health coverage and human rights (3) Health workforce

2 April, 2020

Further to Najeeb's coment (which for some reason went out under Neil's name), it has often struck me that industrialized countries snapping up new doctors from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) were getting a double deal: 1) they were spared the cost of educating the doctor (£165,00 in the UK, $2.6 million in the US ), and 2) they were able to plug serious gaps in their health systems (the UK will need 90,000 more physicians by 2025 - which must be win-wins for the industrialized country, while it is the exact converse in the "donor" LMIC country.


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HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT

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