African nations want developed world to pay compensation for poaching health-care workers

South African-sponsored resolution to be presented to the World Health Assembly
||Last Updated: 06/08/2004

Rich nations that target health professionals from the developing world might soon have to compensate the countries it is poaching from.

A draft resolution on international migration of health personnel, sponsored by South Africa, will soon be presented at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, according to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

African health ministers are concerned about rich countries stealing medical professionals from the continent. The poaching is making it extremely difficult to strengthen health systems in Africa, they said.