250677 Overview of international migration of health workers: Specifics for the region of the Americas

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:30 PM

Silvina Malvarez, PhD , Pan-American Health Organization, Washington, DC
The Region of the Americas faces the issue of health worker migration from many perspectives and complexities: receiving countries, providing countries, recruitment agencies, mal-distribution and inequalities of heath personnel density, shortage or excess of health workers in various categories. Migration contributes to the human resource difficulties, serving as a solution for some countries and as a problem for others.

At the same time, health worker migration is considered a matter of international public health, that needs to be transversally and strategically approached to benefit the health workforce in all countries and to assure universal access to quality health care.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Highlight the main issues related to international migration of health workers in the Americas Analyse the implications of health personnel migration for public health

Keywords: International Health, Migrant Workers

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Pan American Health Organization's focal point in migration of human resources for health. I am in charge of the matter in the Regiona of the Americas with relation to the WHO Code of Practice for the international recruitment of health personnel. I coordinate a research line on migration of human resources for health in PAHO.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.