National Profile of Migration of Health Professionals – Ghana

Author/s: IOM MHD RO Brussels, Anna Moellering, Mariya Samuilova, Jelena Kundacina
Language: English
Publication Type: Technical Report(External)

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Worldwide mobility of health professionals (MoHProf) is a growing phenomenon, impacting the health systems of receiving, transit, and sending countries. EU Member States are increasingly affected by these developments - which might occur simultaneously within the same country. Therefore, the need to develop European policies to adequately address these issues is urgent. At the same time, reliable and differentiated knowledge and findings as a basis for such policy are lacking. MoHProf will contribute to improving this knowledge base and facilitate European policy on human resource planning. Migration of health professionals from Ghana has been a cause for concern in the country for decades. Within the context of Ghana’s National Health Policy, health is placed at the centre of the socio-economic development and wealth creation. This concerns the human resource for health workforce as an important prerequisite for national development. The objective of this study is to support national efforts in the creation of a coherent policy on human resource planning by providing evidence-based recommendations and policy solutions on the mobility of health professionals, both for sending, as well as receiving countries. 


  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Health care system 
  • Health professional workforce
  • Education
  • Migration
  • Migration of Health Professionals
  • Migration polices concerning health professionals
  • Lack of data
  • Recommendations
  • Conclusions

MoHProf is funded by the European Commission as a medium-scale collaborative project within the Seventh Framework Programme, theme 1, health. 

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