HDTD's man in the Philippines, Noel Maurer, continues guest-blogging, this time on the effects of the medical brain drain on the Philippines. (This might be of interest to our new Armenian readers. Welcome! Compare! Contrast! We're all in this together.)
On Wednesday I spoke to Dr. Maria Lorenzo, a prominent researcher at the Philippine National Institutes of Health. The PNIH is located in an old shambling colonial era building, which in the Philippines means the Depression or thereabouts: 1930, not the nineteenth century. The facilities are rather run down. The research they do there, however, is excellent.
One of the Philippines big worries is the loss of skilled personnel, particularly in health care. Health care workers make up only about a quarter of all skilled emigrants, but that’s the only statistic about the outflux that isn't impressive.
There are roughly 200,000 practicing doctors and 300,000 registered nurses in the Philippines. Compare those numbers to the approximately 130,000 nurses (many of whom had trained as doctors) who work abroad.