Brain Drain: what is it?
A major challenge for Tonga – a developing country – is highly educated healthcare providers moving to developed countries. Tonga is riddled with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and cannot afford to lose these professionals. Tonga routinely experiences critical deficiencies of medical surgeons. For the people of Tonga seeking surgical care they must typically go abroad or wait for visiting surgical teams.
– Neither option is sustainable.
From the outside looking in, the Tongan health system is meeting the World Health Organization (WHO) standards of care. However, the people of Tonga are underserved when it comes to surgical care, something not directly measured by the WHO statistic. This gap in translation of a statistic to real life surgical care is a common problem globally, as there is no definition for surgical care, or surgery as a global burden of disease. Anne’s story is a case in point.
Click here to read Anne’s story: Brain Drain in Tonga_2019_Paige_OLeary