|Africa’s "brain drain" jeopardises AIDS fight
Last Updated: 2004-07-15
BANGKOK (Reuters) – A "brain drain" of skilled nurses and doctors from Africa to better paid jobs abroad is jeopardising the global fight against AIDS, a group of U.S. doctors said on Thursday.
The continent, at the epicentre of an HIV/AIDS pandemic that has already killed 20 million people, needs to recruit tens of thousands of health care workers if it is to meet the goal of providing anti-AIDS medicines to those who need them.
Yet its nurses and doctors are flocking to new jobs in developed countries, particularly Britain where the state-run National Health Service faces chronic staff shortages.
"We have a terrible paradox, which is how can we possibly expect to meet the needs of people with AIDS when the workforce is not only declining but the prospects for further decline are great," Leonard Rubenstein, executive director of Physicians for Human Rights, told reporters.
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