M. Awases, A. Gbary, J. Nyoni and R. Chatora
"There is growing concern about the migration of skilled health professionals in the Africa region. Occasional press reports have reported on the magnitude and effects of migration of health professionals, but research and information on issues relating to their migration has been scanty. It was therefore deemed necessary to undertake research to provide evidence of the magnitude of the problem so as to enable policy makers to plan ahead using accurate information. This report presents findings of a study conducted October 2001-July 2002 on the migration of health professionals in four Anglophone and two Francophone African countries: Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The report provides detailed information about migration patterns and numbers, reasons for migration, effects on the quality of health care and the policies being undertaken in the respective countries to reduce outward migration. These findings can contribute to the development of human resource policies and strategies to strengthen the capacity of health systems to deliver efficient and effective services."