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Big Idea: Keeping The World Healthy

The Big Idea for Monday, March 19, 2012

Sir Fazel Hasan Abel, founder of international aid group BRAC, said that healthcare should be provided by the people closest to the community or you risk "emasculating" their independence. But as the world's most talented health care professionals flee for greener pastures in the United States, Australia or Canada, developing countries with growing populations and aging adults are grappling with the medical shortcomings of their communities.

As World Health Day approaches, these looming health problems prompts us to ask: How can we put a plug on the medical brain drain? What will it take for doctors to return to their home countries? And what can we learn from the habits of other countries to ensure a healthy and prosperous world?


  1. 1 The Medical Brain Drain
    An Phung Think Tank
  2. 2 A Primer for World Health Day: What You Need To Know About Aging
    An Phung Think Tank
  3. 3 What Girls Can Teach the World
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  4. 4 Serbia's Secret To Good Health
    Francis Tapon Experts' Corner

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