AIDS battle slowed by "brain drain" - report
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AFRICA: AIDS battle slowed by "brain drain" - report

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 14 July (PLUSNEWS) - A "brain drain" of health care workers in Africa is hampering efforts to provide treatment to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS, the health and rights group, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), has said.

In their report, "An Action Plan to Prevent Brain Drain", to be released Thursday, the group said the loss of trained workers was slowing the AIDS battle and "further crippling ... already fragile" health care infrastructures throughout the continent.

Specific measures to slow the migration of health care workers to wealthier nations and increase staff in African health care facilities are proposed by the group.

The recommendations include calling upon developed nations to reimburse African countries for loss of health professionals; combating their own health care worker shortages by training more people domestically rather than recruiting from developing countries; and working with international organisations to directly support higher salaries or other forms of reimbursement for underpaid African health professionals.



Recent AFRICA Reports
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Churchmen move towards disclosing their HIV-positive status,  23/Sep/05
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 252, 23 September 2005,  23/Sep/05
Global Fund financing gets greater oversight,  19/Sep/05
New effort to ease community's HIV/AIDS woes,  16/Sep/05
Le portail d'informations générales de la Côte d’Ivoire
Sida Info Services
Le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme
Le Réseau Afrique 2000
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria

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