Thursday, March 06, 2008

Luring African doctors criminal, says Vancouver researcher

From the Vancouver Sun:
Rich Western countries, including Canada, are demolishing African medical systems and destroying African lives by continuing to lure away their health care workers, a group of international medical experts led by a Vancouver doctor said Thursday.

The problem is so bad future active recruitment should be considered a crime in international law, argue the doctors, pharmacists and researchers in a commentary released today by the Lancet.

The article is the latest addition to a growing body of academic literature that suggests sub-Saharan Africa's ability to cope with the HIV/AIDS epidemic and even to provide basic health care is being crippled by the flow of medical personnel to the wealthy world. ...more

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