Posted by: davidjolson | 05/20/2010

Code emerges from sausage-making machine

This guest blog was written by Dr. Amy Hagopian, assistant professor of global health at the University of Washington; senior health workforce policy advisor at Health Alliance International; and member of the international section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Hagopian is a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the World Health Assembly in Geneva May 17-21.

Wow, it’s been a slog, but it looks like the Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel may pass out of the World Health Assembly before we adjourn on Friday. When it comes up, I will testify on behalf of the Global Health Council.
There are a lot of heroes in this story.  The most recent bearers of the torch are the hard-working and high-stamina delegates from low-income countries and their delegate friends in solidarity from Norway, the European Union as headed by Spain, Sweden and other right-thinking countries. Here’s the text of an email I sent to my colleagues early this morning:
It’s 4:30am. We just  finished deliberations on the WHO Code of International of Health Personnel and the resolution introducing it.  We are submitting the document for translation and issuance as a conference paper by tomorrow afternoon in time for Committee A to consider it in tomorrow’s evening session. Our thanks to Viroj who chaired the meeting, all the member states in the drafting group, and the members of the WHO Secretariat who worked with the drafting group and provided support for the drafting group to complete the work.  We look forward to its eventual adoption by WHA 63.

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