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Health Check: Medical migration

Updated Wednesday 6th April 2011

Programme three asks why are doctors leaving and what is the government doing to keep medics in Ethiopia?

This week’s Health Check is from Ethiopia where doctors are leaving in their hundreds to work abroad.

Medical migration is an issue faced by countries all over the world. But Ethiopia’s brain drain has left just one doctor for nearly 30,000 people. Most doctors are based in cities which means even fewer doctors in rural areas where 85% of Ethiopia’s population live.

In this programme Health Check’s Claudia Hammond talks to medical students to find out why they want to leave. She meets the country’s Health Minister to finds out about his measures to keep doctors in the country and why he hopes training more doctors will mean their leaving stops becoming a problem. She also talks to a general practitioner working in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa to find out what working life for an Ethiopian doctor is really like.


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