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Howard Catton: Women are the ingredients of development

From international recruitment to migrant health, issues related to nursing and women dominated the agenda at a recent meeting of the World Health Organization in Geneva, says Howard Catton. 
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From international recruitment to migrant health, issues related to nursing and women dominated the agenda at a recent meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, says Howard Catton

The executive board of the WHO comprises 34 countries with expertise in health, including the UK.

At a recent meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, a wide range of issues were covered over the ten days, including antimicrobial resistance, chronic disease, health emergencies, migrant health and migration and the health workforce.

It was striking how nursing and women ran like a golden thread through much of the discussion. Nearly half of the worlds migrants are women, but as the International Organization of Migration stated, migrant

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