Empirical Impact Evaluation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel in Australia, Canada, UK and USA

Globalization and Health, 2013, 9:60

10 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2016

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Jennifer Edge

Oxford Department for International Development, University of Oxford; Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

Steven Hoffman

York University; Harvard University

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

The active recruitment of health workers to developed countries from developing countries is a major threat to global health. To manage this migration, the World Health Organization adopted a Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel in May 2010. While the Code has been praised for tackling this important issue, no empirical research has been undertaken in this area to provide evidence of its effectiveness. An examination of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, the four English-speaking countries with the highest number of migrant workers, provides insights into awareness and efficacy of the Code. The results of this study suggest a gap between awareness among stakeholders at global forums and the national and sub-national actors who must work on the front lines to implement the Code. Advocacy and technical guidance for implementing the Code are needed to improve its impact on national and sub-national decision-makers.

Keywords: global, health, workers, recruitment, developed, developing, countries, world, organization, WHO, awareness, stakeholders, forums, actors, sub-national, national

Suggested Citation

Edge, Jennifer and Hoffman, Steven, Empirical Impact Evaluation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel in Australia, Canada, UK and USA (2013). Globalization and Health, 2013, 9:60. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2726390

Jennifer Edge

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