Tuesday, March 1

Is There A Doctor In The Country?

About 40,000 overseas nurses have registered to work in the UK in the past 3 years. This influx has included hundreds of nurses from African countries (including Zambia) where active recruitment is banned. According to a recent Save the Children report, the UK cuts the cost of training its own health personnel by recruiting poor African health professionals. However, it does not pay compensation to those African countries, which subsequently suffer serious health crises due to the lack of doctors.

Zambia says it will work towards a memorandum of understanding to have countries that "poach its nurses" develop the its health infrastructure in order to continue training nurses. Since 1977, fewer than 10% (50 of 600) of the doctors trained in Zambia have remained in Zambia.