Republic of Moldova reviews progress with Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel
MDA WHO Global Code Workshop
18 January 2015

On 17 December 2014, national counterparts, international partners and WHO staff met in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova to discuss implementation, good practices and challenges of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. The meeting aimed to discuss effective policy options that have been applied in the WHO European Region in order to strengthen national health workforces and health systems and to gauge the Republic of Moldova’s progress in implementing the Code’s provisions.

From national to regional experiences

National Moldovan stakeholders, the Ministry of Health, and the National Observatory on Human Resources for Health gave presentations on their experience of implementing the Code’s recommendations. In this regard, the Memorandum of Understanding signed in August 2014 between the Republic of Moldova and Germany was prepared in accordance with Code’s provisions and recommendations. The Republic of Moldova has been in close negotiations with Germany with a view to implement a number of projects to manage health professional migration, to create new channels of collaboration, and to develop circular migration programmes.

International experts from governmental institutions in Hungary and Italy presented their experience of how state actors can influence the development of policies in line with the Code’s vision and principles. Civil society organization (CSO) experts from Italy and the Netherlands gave a combined presentation on the role of CSOs across 8 European countries in the joint action project “Health workers for all and all for health workers,” which pushes for implementation of the Code, monitoring of its implementation, and defending of the rights of migrant health professionals. 

WHO/Europe offered further presentations on progress in implementing the Code across the European Region and challenges expected in the near future. National stakeholders also reported on the Republic of Moldova’s actions to implement the Code in recent years. 

The meeting met its main objective of presenting success stories from a number of countries, indicating how best to implement the Code. It also explored a variety of actors and stakeholders who have played a role in efficient implementation of the Code’s provisions, discussing how these actors can be engaged and involved in the Republic of Moldova. The meeting also realized the following intentions: 

  • to view circular mobility experiences, specifically bilateral agreements that aim to create a framework for managed circular mobility, both at an international level and in the Moldovan context;
  • to promote and facilitate information exchange and engage all relevant national stakeholders in closer cooperation and collaboration to address existing challenges regarding the mobility of health professionals. 

The workshop was attended by a host of different national stakeholders, including representatives and senior government officials from the Ministry of Health; Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration; Ministry of Education; National Agency for Employment; National Bureau for Diaspora Relations; State University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Nicolae Testemitanu”; the National College of Medicine and Pharmacy “Raisa Pacalo”; other medical colleges and CSOs. 

WHO support 

The workshop was organized by the WHO Country Office, WHO/Europe and the Ministry of Health in the Republic of Moldova. WHO support for this activity is part of the biennial collaborative agreements 2012–2013 and 2014–2015 between the Ministry of Health and WHO/Europe. The event and the ongoing process of strengthening the Republic of Moldova's capacity to manage the migration of health professionals are components of the European Union funded project "Better managing the mobility of health professionals in the Republic of Moldova".


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