120 registered nurses leave Malawi per year

Article on the continuing brain drain in the health sector of Malawi.

Some excerpts:

Official figures show around 120 registered nurses have migrated to Britain and the United States alone every year in the last decade with the health ministry unable to even begin to match the wages on offer abroad.

Malawi currently has only 56.4 nurses and two doctors for every 100,000 potential patients.

“We have only 3,000 nurses on register for a population of 12 million (…)”

A junior doctor now earns 450 dollars, while a senior nurse goes home with 300 dollars.

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