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Reducing the impact of nurse emigration


photo credit: World Health Organization

Recently The Guardian published a story titled, “‘If we leave, Nepal will suffer’: embattled hospitals fear impact of UK job offers.” IUBAT graduate Sailesh Bhandari confirms this from Kathmandu, where he works for the NGO, Unity in Health Nepal, as a mental health trainer. “It's the current picture of Nepal's health care system and the potential risk and crisis. We work with nurses and health care staff from different hospitals and rural communities. We commonly find during our two or three year projects that the majority of the staff will either be gone or replaced. It has always been a tremendous challenge.

The WHO Code of Practice on International Recruitment establishes principles for ethical recruitment. However, COVID-19 has resulted in reduced health workforce availability and greater pressures due to infections and deaths, stress, burnout and mental health issues. The 2014 BHP report, Advancing Nurse Education in Bangladesh includes recommendations to reduce the hazards of an export-based approach to nurse education, using the Philippines as an example.

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