UN Report Points to the Negative Influence of Brain Drain on Health Sector in India

by Savitha C Muppala on  April 18, 2008 at 7:00 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
UN Report Points to the Negative Influence of Brain Drain on Health Sector in India
New York: A new study enabled by the United Nations has highlighted the negative impact of migration of professionals in the medical field to foreign lands, especially from countries like Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

The study by the United Nations University (UNU) has pointed out that such migrants could instead serve as instruments of growth if they could simply plough back their expertise into their source countries.

The report titled ''Mobilizing Talent for Global Developments' has brought out many exemplary instances of professionals in hi-tech industries in the United States, who have sought to improve the growth of their homelands by establishing businesses there.   

Unfortunately, this is not the case in the health sector as emigrating medical professionals do precious little to better their homeland. This is especially felt in Africa where AIDS sufferers cannot be adequately assisted due to shortage of medical staff.  

The study has also suggested that such countries where brain drain is a common phenomenon can offset setbacks if they improve the environment to make it more conducive and free thinking. This may encourage investments from professionals, which may be the only way to fuel growth and economy of the deprived nations.

Source: Medindia

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