leia no The Lancet o artigo completo(precisa de registro, mas é grátis) sobre a situação da mão de obra na área da saúde na África. Parte do texto segue abaixo e, se quiser clique na tabela para verificar os números impressionantes da diferença entre aqueles países e Reino Unido, Austrália, Canadá e Estados Unidos.
High-income countries, such as Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, the USA, the United Arab Emirates, and the UK have sustained their relatively high physician-to-population ratio by recruiting medical graduates from developing regions, including countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In contrast, over half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa do not meet the minimum acceptable physician to population ratio of one per 5000—WHO's Health for All standard. Nurses, pharmacists, and other health workers are systematically recruited from a region struggling with the greatest burden of infectious and chronic illness and the specific challenge of HIV/AIDS. Several recent reviews of health workers employed in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the USA have shown the extent of the brain drain. An estimated 13 272 physicians trained in sub-Saharan Africa are practising in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the USA. Around a third of medical graduates from Nigerian state medical schools migrate within 10 years of graduation to Canada, the UK, and the USA.