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Health Worker Migration Global Policy Council announces 2012 Innovation Award Winners

May 24, 2012  • Aspen Global Health and Development

The Health Worker Migration Policy Council Innovation Award celebrates progress made by countries working to address the challenges of health worker migration. This highly competitive, non-monetary award honors innovative and scalable approaches in support of the WHO Global Code’s Guiding Principles and in accelerating progress toward solutions to health worker migration by addressing the seven WHO Global Code implementation recommendations. 

This year, the Council received many strong nominations, but is delighted to announce the following countries as the 2012 award recipients:

Ghana (Sending Country): improving basic health infrastructure, re-engaging returnees, collaborating with stakeholders to encourage the return of health workers, and collaborating with civil societies to increase awareness.  

Norway (Receiving Country):  establishing ethical international recruitment, building sustainable health systems both in Norway and abroad, health workforce development, supporting developing countries, collecting and reporting data to the WHO, setting up formal training for unskilled migrant workers and ensuring fair treatment of migrant health personnel.  

We commend the winners and all the nominated countries for their dedication in addressing the challenges of health worker migration.

The award reception will be held in Geneva at the time of the 2012 World Health Assembly on Thursday, May 24th from 5:45-7:45PM in Room VIII of the Palais des Nations. The reception is hosted in partnership with World Health Organization, Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative, Global Health Workforce Alliance, International Organization for Migration, and the African Platform on Human Resources for Health.