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This article is part of the supplement: The OptAIDS project: towards global halting of HIV/AIDS

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Addressing the migration of health professionals: the role of working conditions and educational placements

Julia Witt

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Department of Economics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB R3T 5V5, Canada

BMC Public Health 2009, 9(Suppl 1):S7  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-9-S1-S7

Published: 18 November 2009


This article provides a brief overview of the global health-worker shortage, which could undermine the Millennium Development Goal to halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS. The current situation suggests that long-term solutions to shortages can only be found by addressing the problem from a global perspective; that is, to eliminate shortages through substantial investments in training and retaining health workers in developed and developing countries, and not through policies that do not work towards solving this underlying problem, such as ones that restrict migration.