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Developing countries - recruitment

This list is based upon the World Health Organisation (WHO) Workforce Support and Safeguard List, 2020 and will be updated alongside progress reports.

22 February 2021

The newly revised (25 February 2021) Department of Health and Social Care Code of Practice for International Recruitment states that some developing countries should not be targeted when actively recruiting healthcare professionals.

This country list below is based upon the World Health Organisation Health (WHO) Workforce Support and Safeguard List, 2020 and will be updated alongside scheduled progress reports on WHO Global Code implementation and reported to the World Health Assembly every three years.

The countries listed have a UHC Service Coverage Index that is lower than 50 and a density of doctors, nurses and midwives that is below the global median (48.6 per 10,000 population).

The list doesn’t prevent individual health and social care personnel from independently applying to health and social care employers for employment in the UK, of their own accord and without being targeted by a third party, such as a recruitment agency or employer.

Afghanistan

Angola

Bangladesh

Benin

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cameroon

Central African Republic

Chad

Congo

Congo, Democratic Republic of

Côte d'Ivoire

Djibouti

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Gabon

Gambia, The

Ghana

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Haiti

Kiribati

Lesotho

Liberia

Madagascar

Malawi

Mali

Mauritania

Micronesia, Federated States of

Mozambique

Nepal

Niger

Nigeria

Pakistan

Papua New Guinea

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

Togo

Uganda

Tanzania, United Republic of

Vanuatu

Yemen, Republic of