Long a simmering problem, the global health workforce shortage is now reaching crisis proportions. In the past few decades, migration of health workers has expanded and patterns of migration have become increasingly complex. Spurred by the urgency of the severe shortages of health workers in certain areas and increased global attention to strengthening health systems, in May 2010 Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted a Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. This presentation will provide a background on the global health workforce crisis and discuss how the WHO Global Code is a unique and powerful instrument that can potentially assist states in beginning to address the challenges associated with the international recruitment and migration of health personnel. It will also consider the significance of this new instrument for the emerging field of global health law and governance.
About the speaker:
Professor Allyn Taylor, JD, LLM, JSD joined Georgetown University Law Center as a Visiting Professor of Law in 2007 and is a faculty member of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law for spring 2012. Dr. Taylor has been the senior legal advisor on the staff of the WHO as well as legal consultant to The World Bank, the Organization of American States, the Pan American Health Organization, the Overseas Development Council, the Framework Convention Alliance, the National Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Realizing Rights: The Equitable Globalization Initiative, and the International Union Against Cancer. Dr. Taylor was the senior legal advisor to the WHO for the negotiation and adoption of the WHO Global Code of Practice.