WHO: 55 countries face a health worker crunch linked to COVID-19 (2)

15 March, 2023

Neil, thank you for sharing this and bringing it to light for more of HIFA members.


But I read the WHO recommendation, below and wondered how that is going to be implemented. How will brain drain from global South to North be stemmed when G7 countries are facing huge historical shortages of health workers. And most are offering very attractive immigration opportunities to HW and other skilled citizens in poor countries, especially Africa!.

The Statement is short on actual implementation!

LLMICs need to transform the 'push' factors (improve conditions of the workplace and conditions of service including pay, improve on human rights and security for its citizens, etc), and the G7 countries and other beneficiary-countries of the Brain Drain should actively reduce the 'pull' factors (incidentally that could mean helping LLMICs to improve the push factors mentioned above, by widening the scope of existing programmic assistance in those countries, etc).

Joseph Ana.

Prof Joseph Ana

Lead Senior Fellow/ medical consultant.

Center for Clinical Governance Research &

Patient Safety (ACCGR&PS) @ HRI GLOBAL

P: +234 (0) 8063600642

E: info@hri-global.org

8 Amaku Street, State Housing, Calabar, Nigeria.


HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Senior Fellow/Medical Consultant at the Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria, established by HRI Global (former HRIWA). He is a member of the World Health Organisation’s Technical Advisory Group on Integrated Care in primary, emergency, operative, and critical care (TAG-IC2). As the Cross River State Commissioner for Health, he led the introduction of the Homegrown Quality Tool, the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance Programme, in Nigeria (2004-2008). For sustainability, he established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria. His main interest is in whole health sector and system strengthening in Lower, Low and Middle Income Countries (LLMICs). He has written six books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance programme, suitable for LLMICs, including the TOOLS for Implementation. He served as Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association’s Standing Committee on Clinical Governance (2012-2022), and he won the Nigeria Medical Association’s Award of Excellence on three consecutive occasions for the innovation. He served as Chairman, Quality & Performance, of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act 2014. He is member, National Tertiary Health Institutions Standards Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health. He is the pioneer Secretary General/Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers. (http://www.hifa.org/support/members/joseph-0 http://www.hifa.org/people/steering-group). Email: info AT hri-global.org and jneana AT yahoo.co.uk