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December 13, 2005: Africa: Kenya: 3,000 nurses have left Kenya since 1999, reveals study:"Kenya's health care system has lost thousands of nurses to foreign countries in the past five years. New data from the Nursing Council of Kenya, show that nearly 3,000 locally trained and certified nurses registered to work in foreign countries between 1999 and 2004. The numbers, the result of a three-year project between the Nursing Council, the Ministry of Health and American Emory University, indicate more and more nurses have been emigrating in recent years, the vast majority to the UK and US. Nursing experts say many of the leavers are the most experienced and best-trained."


Aug. 11, 2005: Africa: Ghana: Re-introduction of enrolled nursing to ease staff problems:"The re-introduction of enrolled nursing and the proposed training of more medical assistants would not only ease the poor staffing state of health facilities in the country, but would also reduce the high rate of referral cases to the country's major hospitals. Dr Erasmus Agongo, Upper West Regional Director of Health Services, who stated this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Wa on Thursday, was throwing more light on the benefits of the proposed re-introduction of enrolled nursing and the training of medical assistants. The re-introduction of enrolled nursing and the proposed training of more medical assistants would not only ease the poor staffing state of health facilities in the country, but would also reduce the high rate of referral cases to the country's major hospitals. Dr Erasmus Agongo, Upper West Regional Director of Health Services, who stated this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Wa on Thursday, was throwing more light on the benefits of the proposed re-introduction of enrolled nursing and the training of medical assistants."


18/04/2005: Africa: Beware 'fake' nursing colleges:"The department knew of at least five such colleges in Mthatha, Lusikisiki, East London, Zwelitsha and Engcobo. Kupelo said many of the students were desperate and unemployed, with their families at times resorting to selling livestock to pay fees. He said the fake colleges were not registered with the South African Nursing Council, and warned prospective students they would not be employed if the colleges were not registered and the courses offered accredited.",,2-7-1442_1691802,00.html


April 18, 2005: Africa: Nambia: First Lady Concerned About Nursing Shortage:"Pohamba, a practising registered nurse, also encouraged the newly capped nurses and educators to be steadfast in service delivery of the highest standards. She continued: "I am particularly concerned about the shortage of nursing staff in hospitals and health centres throughout the country. As a professional registered nurse, I have first-hand experience. I know how it feels when our nursing staff work under pressure due to a shortage of personnel. However, the shortage of nurses is being addressed collectively by Unam and the Ministry of Health. It is a welcome effort and must be earnestly pursued so that we can prudently serve our nation."


February 26, 2005: Huge Medical Personnel Loss to West Hurting Africa:"The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), a global body that tracks labour migrations and coordinates refugee evacuation, relocation and repatriation logistics reported in Ethiopia recently that the developing world (Sub Saharan African, parts of Asia and Latin America) is losing a staggering $552 billion in medical personnel streaming into Europe and North America. That colossal figure was derived from tallying the cost it would have taken the West - reckoned at $184, 000 - to train each of the three million health professionals from the developing world, now working there. The statistics are breathtaking: Just four countries alone; South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Ghana registered a combined loss well in excess of 26,000 nurses and 3,300 doctors in 2002/03 to Britain."


December 17, 2002: Africa: Botswana:"The government decided, at the beginning of NDP 8, to upgrade existing nursing schools to address the shortage of trained personnel. The resignation of some health personnel and failure of some foreign-trained graduates to return to Botswana had exacerbated the shortage. "Phase I of the Institute of Health Sciences upgrading programme comprising of Gaborone, Francistown and Lobatse IHSs was completed in 1998 creating 571 additional spaces," she said. She said recruitment efforts both locally and externally that were intensified during the plan period were frustrated by among others difficulty in acquiring candidates in highly specialised areas."


December 6, 2002: South Africa:"Government Mulls Hiring Foreigners to Cover Shortage of Nurses:"NAMIBIA is negotiating with other governments in southern Africa about recruiting foreign nurses to fill vacancies created by increasing HIV-AIDS deaths and the resignation of staff, a senior administrator in the Ministry said this week. Many nurses have resigned this year to take up better paying posts, mainly in the United Kingdom (UK), putting pressure on a health system already under strain. Dr Norbert Forster, Under Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, told The Namibian that in some hospitals up to 30 per cent of posts in the category of enrolled nurses were vacant."


November 26, 2002: South Africa: Johannesburg: Rocketing Operating Costs to Blame for Hospital Rates Increase:"There is an increasing shortage of professional nurses who are emigrating to earn dollar or sterling-based salaries. "To retain them, we offer education and training at the Afrox College of Nursing and ensure salaries remain at acceptable rates." Fleming says that salaries account for 60% of the company's hospital overheads, or 32% of revenue."


10/14/01: Africa: Death toll mounts as strike at Malawi's largest hospital drags:"Scores of critically ill patients lay unattended on their beds in the tuberculosis ward at Malawi's largest hospital Sunday, waiting to die."


27 June, 2001: Africa, Botswana: Shortage of nurses affects health posts:"Health posts at Disana, Shashe, Somelo and Bodibeng in the North West District remain closed because of shortage of nurses. Oganeditse Lefatshe, a senior matron with the North West District Council, said at Councillor Omponye Botumile's kgotla meeting at Disana last week that some newly completed health facilities in other parts of the country also remained closed because of shortage of nurses.


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