Medical Leave: The Exodus of Health Professionals from Zimbabwe
"Zimbabwe is faced with a growing problem of the emigration of its skilled labour. Health professionals in particular are migrating in search of greener pastures outside the country’s borders. This has negatively affected the quality of health care offered in most of the country’s health institutions. This policy paper draws on research work that was conducted in selected health institutions in July 2002. The study aimed to establish the magnitude of migration of health professionals, its causes and to document the associated impacts on service delivery. The study is based on a multi-faceted methodology including a representative survey of health professionals in Zimbabwe, focus groups and key informant interviews. Attempts to interview professionals outside the country were less successful."