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    ‘Turning the Ebbing Tide’: Knowledge Flows and Health in Low-income Countries

    McAuliffe, Eilish and MacLachlan, Malcolm (2005) ‘Turning the Ebbing Tide’: Knowledge Flows and Health in Low-income Countries. Higher Education Policy, 18. pp. 231-242. ISSN 0952-8733

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    In many developing countries, the value of knowledge is in its capacity to save and enhance human lives. The absence, loss or restriction of such knowledge impacts at the lowest levels of disadvantage and poverty, in death and disease. Essential components of an effective health service are medicines and skilled human resources. This paper highlights the restricted availability of these resources — a situation that arises because of deliberate policies that adversely affect knowledge flows towards the poor. We focus in particular on intellectual property rights and the mobility of highly educated health professionals (the ‘brain drain’) and how the ensuing knowledge flows affect health systems and their ability to respond to the often worsening health situation in many countries, particularly in the context of HIV/AIDS. We conclude that urgent steps need to be taken to address the facilitators of human resource outflows and the inhibitors of intellectual capital inflows in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: knowledge flows; brain drain; health professions; low-income countries; TRIPS; capacity building;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 16535
    Depositing User: Malcolm MacLachlan
    Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2022 15:29
    Journal or Publication Title: Higher Education Policy
    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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