Monday, October 24, 2005

Healthy Nationalism, Human Capital Migration, and Human Development

"Poor countries across Africa, Central America and the Caribbean are losing sometimes staggering numbers of their college-educated workers to wealthy, industrialized democracies, according to a World Bank study made public today.

Its conclusions are based on a far-reaching survey of census and other data from the 30 countries that belong to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which counts most of the world's richest nations among its members.

Researchers found, for example, that a quarter to almost half of the college-educated nationals of Ghana, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Nicaragua and El Salvador live in [OECD] member countries. For Haiti and Jamaica, the number rises to more than 80 percent.

In contrast, less than 5 percent of the skilled nationals of the great behemoths of the developing world - India, China, Indonesia and Brazil - live in [an OECD] member country.

The World Bank's study is part of a broader intellectual ferment about the role that migration plays in the development of poor countries."...

Celia W. Dugger "Educated Workers Leaving Poor Nations, Survey Finds" October 24, 2005.

The health center in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp and Hospital in Northern Uganda is staffed by only one nurse and a nurse's assistant who treat an average of 150-200 cases per day. The most common health problems include malaria, scabies, diarrhea, and intestinal worms. The camp's only clinic serves 14,188 people.

Photo credit: U.S.A.I.D.


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