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Globalization, Disease and Health Workforce in Africa

Authors: Joseph Oppong*, University of North Texas, Joseph R Oppong, University of North Texas
Topics: Africa, Global Change, Medical and Health Geography
Keywords: globalization, Africa, health workforce, disease, health disparities
Session Type: Paper
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Globalization is impacting disease and health care in ways that are not completely understood. Besides the changing pattern of diseases resulting from globalization of diets and international travel patterns, globalization of the health workforce is creating serious shortages of health workers and specialists that compound health disparities in ways that are not clear. This paper examines the changing pattern of diseases across Africa, the health workforce – nurses, doctors and specialists – and the gaps and the challenge of health worker brain drain. It argues that an urgent need exists for new approaches in health care delivery and highlights some best practices.

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