What role could the 'medical diasporas' play in health workforce policy?

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David Smith
What role could the 'medical diasporas' play in health workforce policy?

Interesting article and question posted by Sarada Das from the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) in the "Support for the health workforce planning and forecasting expert network" section of the EU Health Policy Platform of which INHWE is a member:

In a recent publication in Human Resources for Health, Seble Frehywot, Chulwoo Park & Alexandra Infanzon look at 'medical diasporas', i.e. doctors of the same national or regional background working in a host country outside their country of origin. The study focuses on diasporas from low and middle income countries working in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. In a mapping of organisations representing the various diasporas, the study shows the prevalence and activities of medical diasporas, who provide i.a. networking opportunities to members, support in training or aid to the country of origin, and awareness raising for the cultural sensitivities of the migrant population in the destination country. Topics such as brain-drain are also addressed. The study concludes that there is a lack of awareness and engagement among policy makers as to the potential such medical diasporas hold for health workforce policy and planning, leaving them an "underused entity." Please find the link to the article here: https://human-resources-health.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12960-019-0393-1

What are your thoughts on the article and the impact it might have on healthcare policy/education? 


Very interesting!