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Addressing the International Migration of Health Workers

by Alisha Bhagat, Sep 13
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More health workers are migrating across country lines and in complex ways. This migration has a large impact on the health system in both the country the health worker migrates to as well as the one they are leaving.

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So what?

Managing and funding health workers is difficult when workers are migrating in large numbers. Countries do not want to fund health worker training just to have workers leave and take their skills elsewhere. Additionally, a lack of healthcare workers in a region can impact the efficacy of health emergency response and health coverage for citizens. The WHO is working with member states and stakeholders to ethically manage migration. How do we encourage long-term investment in health worker training and development as well as country-specific health care systems that respect the mobility of individual workers?

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by Alisha Bhagat Spotted 14 signals

Alisha Bhagat is a futurist whose work focuses on the creative use of futures tools to impact long term positive change, particularly around social justice and equality. For the past seven years, she has worked at Forum for the Future, a non-profit that helps organizations think systemically and sustainably about the future. Alisha brings a broad toolkit to her work and designs games, creates immersive experiences, and brings the future to life. Prior to joining Forum, Alisha was a foreign policy consultant for the US government and a fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Alisha holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a BS in Anthropology and History from Carnegie Mellon University. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2005. When not thinking about the future, Alisha is an avid gamer and science fiction enthusiast. She is also president of the board of BitchMedia, a feminist media organization.

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