Migrants’ Capacities for the Moldovan Health System Development: A Brain Gain Project

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Migrants’Capacities for the Moldovan Health System Development: A Brain Gain Project

Start date - End date

Wed, 09/30/2009 to Wed, 03/30/2011

Brief description of the initiative

The project utilized the potential of the Moldovan Diaspora doctors and pharmacists, other scientists and students, for the development of the Moldovan health system through a cooperative effort of host institutions of the Migrants currently working in EU member states.

Results and lessons learned

The main achievements of the project are the study “Strengths and Weaknesses of the Moldovan Health System and the workshop “Brain Dran Brain Gain in the Moldovan Health System” which took place in Leipzig on 8-9 April 2010. During this workshop an Action Plan of Co-operation and Knowledge Transfer has been worked out, the working visits for teaching and research in the Moldovan Health institution have been planed and the foci in the field of institutional cooperation between host medical institutions of Moldovan migrants and the interested Moldovan health institutions have been established. At the moment the project’s team is organizing the respective work visits and cooperates with the donor community for the sake of identification of resources for the new project’s ideas of Moldovan migrants. The next big event will be a multi panel workshop in Chisinau (November 2010) with representatives of the Moldovan Medical Diaspora, of the interested Moldovan Health institutions as well representatives of the donor community and of several interested international organizations.



Key success or innovative factors

The concept of this project is based on the knowledge circulation idea within a win-win-win scenario of all the parties involved: the country of origin of the Moldovan migrants, the migrants and their host institutions in Germany. Compared to projects aiming at bringing the migrants back to their country of origin, our project is much less affected by risk factors related to the general political, economic and social environment in the countries involved. The project is running very successfully and proves that the knowledge circulation concept is probably the better way to explore the migrants’ potential for development.

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158.070 euro


JMDI, European Union

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Main thematic areas

Health / Migration linkages

Focus area

Migrant Communities
Migrant Capacities

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Main objectives

This project aimed at a win-win-win scenario for all the actors involved: the Moldovan health system can gain not only from the knowledge of its medical Diaspora scientists and practitioners, but can also get interconnected with the education and research institutions in medical sciences as well as with hospitals, clinics, health resorts, etc.. In the migrants’ resident countries; the host institutions continued to benefit from the output of the Moldovan Diaspora scientists and the scientists themselves invested their knowledge in these common activities, increacing the chance to be involved in country’s development in the field of health while having at the same time the choice to keep their professional and social status in the countries of residence.



Main activities

UL identified interested representatives and facilitated a workshop in which the activities for collaboration were outlined. These chosen institutions were assisted to create proposals directed at improving the Moldovan health system. They were implemented in joint collaboration with the scientists. The project will be finalized in round table discussions held with attendance of government counterparts, civil society, and the media to advertise the results. A final report will be published and a brain gain campaign in the health field will be launched in and outside Moldova.

Main beneficiaries

The system improvement benefited medical education in Moldova, as well as physicians, pharmacists and nurses.

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