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date: 23 October 2019

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This chapter highlights the main ethical issues that arise in addressing the challenges of global human resources for health (HRH). It includes a brief overview of global HRH problems including shortages and poor working conditions that lead to pressures on the international labor market for health workers, as well as strategies that countries and the global community have taken to mitigate them. The main ethical issues that arise in dealing with global HRH are presented. These include equity of access to quality health care, implications of public versus private health care provision, privacy and confidentiality, fairness to health workers in personnel policies and practices, and managing the push and pull factors in the labor market that lead to the pressure for international migration of health personnel. The chapter highlights existing global conventions that could help governments and other policymakers to alleviate these challenges in a more ethically responsible way.

Keywords: human resources for health, HRH, health workers, equity, fairness, quality health care, privacy, confidentiality, public health ethics

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