Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

Commentary & Opinion

Immigration Bill Will Remove Caps on Foreign Nurses, Affect Africa, Letter to the Editor Says

April 4, 2006

A "little-noticed" provision that addresses the shortage of nurses in the U.S. "stands to produce lasting damage" to sub-Saharan Africa, Isabella Mbai, head of the nursing sciences department at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, and Eric Friedman, HIV/AIDS policy analyst for Physicians for Human Rights, write in a Washington Post letter to the editor. According to Mbai and Friedman, the provision would remove the limit on the number of foreign nurses allowed to immigrate to the U.S. -- "accelerat[ing] the flow of nurses" out of African countries that "desperately" need them to help fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Rather than offering Africa's health workers incentives to leave, the U.S. and other developed countries "have an obligation to help bolster wages and improve working conditions" in Africa, the authors say. The U.S. could train tens of thousands more nurses domestically each year by investing in U.S. nursing schools, Mbai and Friedman write, concluding, "Solutions to the U.S. nursing shortage shouldn't come at the cost of Africa lives" (Mbai/Friedman, Washington Post, 4/4).

Back to other news for April 4, 2006


Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2006 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
 
See Also
More HIV News
Advertisement:
Find out how a Walgreens specially trained pharmacist can help you

Tools
 

Advertisement