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Global health workforce: brain drain or brain gain?

Today Wemos participates in the Global Health Symposium at the University of Groningen. The symposium focuses on the topic ‘Crossing borders and boundaries in medicine: exploring migration, care and culture.

Wemos’ global health advocate Linda Mans will hold an interactive workshop for students on the global mobility of health care professionals and its effects on health systems. She will discuss how the global health workforce is currently unevenly distributed due to factors that ‘push’ and ‘pull’ health workers from low- and middle-income countries to high-income countries, e.g. lack of health financing and poor working conditions in the former, and better salaries and working conditions in the latter. However, these health worker migration and mobility patterns are dynamic and ever-changing.


Future generation

Linda will also discuss what role national governments, WHO and civil society can play in mitigating the negative effects of the current global mobility of the health workforce.


Linda: ‘These medical students are the ‘future generation’ of the health workforce and might become part – or are already part of – a globally mobile workforce. Wemos is pleased to have this opportunity to contribute to their knowledge base and trigger them to put their individual considerations into a health systems’ thinking.’


Speakers at the symposium are Jaap Koot (Dean of the Global Health program at University of Groningen), Hinke Haisma (Associate Professor at University of Groningen) and Atefeh Bozorgpourniazi (Resident of Pathology at University of Groningen).


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