Toronto Globe and Mail Examines Health Care Workers' Exodus From African Countries, Impact on Fight Against HIV/AIDS
September 28, 2004
The Toronto Globe and Mail on Tuesday examined how some African physicians and nurses are leaving their native countries in search of better-paying jobs and how "the steady trickle of health care talent is undermining the ability of countries' already impoverished health care systems to respond to the AIDS pandemic." Health care workers cite several different reasons for leaving their home countries, according to the Globe and Mail. Research conducted by South Africa's national nursing organization shows that many nurses would prefer to remain in their home country if they earned a better salary, the Globe and Mail reports. However, nurses also say that some of the factors contributing to their decisions to leave home include political insecurity, poor management and infrastructure, a deficiency of housing and education facilities for their children in rural areas, difficulties in administering high-quality care, insufficient access to medicines and equipment, inadequate access to doctors and a lack of emergency transportation, according to the Globe and Mail. Antoinette Ntuli of the South Africa-based Health Systems Trust said, "[T]he biggie in Southern Africa is AIDS," adding, "It has an impact on health workers in many ways: their own vulnerability to infection themselves -- theirs or their families', needle-stick injuries, the excessively high demands being made on them, their patient loads going up. And they are doing palliative care work all the time when that is not what they came into the system to do."
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