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10:00 - 12:00 5 April 2011

Micro and macro perspectives on the UK and Global Codes of Practice on recruitment of health workers


Pearson Lecture Theatre | Pearson Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Mike Rowson, Mike Rowson is a senior teaching fellow at UCL's Centre for International Health & Development. He teaches global health to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and has been responsible for developing cross-faculty teaching for UCL's MSc in Global Health & Development. He was formerly Executive Director of global health charity Medact, where he undertook advocacy and education on a range of health issues related to conflict, poverty and the environment, including health worker migration.
Dr. Astrida Grigulis, Dr. Astrida Grigulis has a PhD in international health and migration. Her interests lie in international health worker migration as well as health worker performance and retention. She spent three years researching the experiences of Malawian nurses working in the UK and Malawi to identify strategies which the Malawian Government could employ to address their human resources crisis. Prior to this research, Astrida worked in various healthcare facilities in England and in South Africa, and completed maternal healthcare projects in Nepal and Malawi. In 2004, Astrida completed a BA in Biological Anthropology at Cambridge University.
Radha Adhikari, Radha Adhikari is a qualified nurse from Nepal. She worked as a nurse, sister and a nurse lecturer in Nepal and as a qualified nurse in the UK since 1994. She is currently completing a PhD at the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD research explores issues of nurse education in Nepal and experiences of Nepali nurses migration to the UK.

This conference forms part of UCL Migration Week which runs from Monday, 4 April to Friday, 8 April 2011.

Health worker migration has been a hot health policy topic for a number of years, raising fundamental issues around the effects skilled migration on developing country health systems and rights to freedom of movement.

In 2010 the World Health Organization launched an ambitious Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. The Code, like its forerunner in the UK NHS, aims to stem the debilitating brain drain of health workers from low income countries, like Malawi and Nepal, whilst protecting the rights of migrant workers. Research suggests that the challenges in navigating the changing UK labour market has made migrants vulnerable to exploitative recruitment practices and has left a permeating sense of discrimination amongst low income sending countries.

Speakers will make short presentations to be followed by debate and discussion.


Mike Rowson
+44(0)20 7905 2259 | m.rowson@ucl.ac.uk


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