Loss of health professionals from sub-Saharan Africa: the pivotal role of the UK

Lancet. 2005;365(9474):1893-900. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(05)66623-8.


The already inadequate health systems of sub-Saharan Africa have been badly damaged by the emigration of their health professionals, a process in which the UK has played a prominent part. In 2005, there are special opportunities for the UK to take the lead in addressing that damage, and in focusing the attention of the G8 on the wider problems of health-professional migration from poor to rich countries. We suggest some practical measures to these ends. These include action the UK could take on its own, with the African countries most affected, and with other developed countries and WHO.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Africa South of the Sahara
  • Developing Countries*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Emigration and Immigration / statistics & numerical data*
  • Foreign Medical Graduates / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Personnel / education
  • Health Workforce / economics
  • Health Workforce / statistics & numerical data*
  • International Cooperation
  • Personnel Selection
  • United Kingdom