“We are not there for the projects; we are there for long term”
Stephen S. Gloyd, MD, MPH
This panel which included representatives from Health Alliance International discussed their approach to their programs in Timor Lester, Cote d’Ivoire and Mozambique. They addressed the Health Alliance International’s approach to capacity building such as “primary health care framework to achieve scale of quality.” They have also addressed the NGOs code of conduct as well as the principles of regulations NGOs.
Although there were many issues of capacity building addressed at this panel, the matter that caught my attention was the issue of human resources and scarcity of doctors due to internal and external brain drain. This substantial brain drain was said to be due to fact that health care professional move from the public sectors jobs to work with the NGOs which pays them 5 times higher salaries than the public sectors. In fact, “74% of workers who leave public sector in Mozambique move to work with the NGOs.” In Mozambique, “there are only 3 doctors per 100,000 people compared to 242 per 100,000 people in the United States.”
As it was mentioned, NGOs code of conduct http://ngocodeofconduct.org was initiated in response of this issue as well as addresses the problems of deregulation of NGOs in many parts of the world.
By Nasteha Ali