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2.5 People and medicines Global health personnel The global need for additional health personnel is estimated at 3.5 million just to reach the MDGs. The needs of the ageing North, which give rise to large migration flows, have not been considered in these calculations. The migration of health personnel in recent decades has increased with globalization, especially from low-wage countries with already fragile health systems(7). The crisis caused by the AIDS epidemic has only made this situation worse, but has at the same time also alerted the world to the serious shortage of health personnel, especially in eastern and southern Africa.

Evaluation of fos health programmes

In 2004, the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution which recommended compiling a code of conduct for the international recruitment of health personnel, which code was finally accepted in by consensus at the 2010 World Health Assembly. The code is balanced, voluntary and non enforceable and considers both the rights of individuals to migrate, as well as measures to make the medical profession in the South more attractive. Each country takes responsibility for its implementation, but there is certainly also a role for the international community.

Defending the right to health for all  

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Defending the right to health for all  

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