Most doctors working in the region say they have experienced violence in the workplace. Since the pandemic began in 2020, reports of aggression have increased — and so have the numbers of physicians leaving their homes.
Nigeria's minister of health, Osagie Ehanire said the federal government is setting up a mechanism to engage Nigerian doctors and nurses abroad and connect them with universities and hospitals in the country to address the brain drain in the sector.
9 Apr 2022
Abortion is legal in Spain yet a number of doctors in the public system still refuse to carry out the procedure, calling themselves "conscientious objectors." Their stance forcing women to use private clinics. We also head to Kibera in the Kenyan city of Nairobi which is Africa's largest urban slum; and where women outnumber men, as they struggle to exit a life of poverty. Plus we meet the Lebanese gay female stand-up comic who has no fear when it comes to breaking taboos.
3 Apr 2022
The French healthcare system is often held up as an example for its quality of treatment and universality of coverage. But disparities exist across the country, with a severe shortage of doctors in certain areas seriously limiting access to care, a phenomenon the French call "medical deserts". Although the government has decided to increase the number of students accepted to medical school, this measure will take almost a decade to bear fruit. FRANCE 24's reporters Pauline Godart and Claire Paccalin went to find out what it's like to live and work in a "medical desert".
20 Nov 2021
German doctors and their staff have been facing aggression and threats from vaccine opponents. They have described having frayed nerves as pandemic fatigue sets in among patients and medical staff.
9 Sep 2021
Israeli doctors successfully separate one-year-old twins conjoined at the head at the Beersheba Soroka Medical Center, which is considered the first surgery of this kind in Israel.
21 Aug 2021
The President of Nigeria's National Association of Resident Doctors, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi talks to GuardianTV about what government needs to do to end the series of medical staff work stoppages in Nigeria.
3 Aug 2021
Amid a surge in Covid-19 infections, Nigeria's frontline doctors have begun an indefinite strike. The country's Association of Resident Doctors says the government has ignored their demands, which include months of back pay and bonuses for treating coronavirus patients. As France 24's Sam Olukoya reports, it's the fourth time doctors have gone on strike since the start of the pandemic.
21 Jul 2021
Russia is facing its third coronavirus wave and this is the most fatal yet. As the death toll soars, there are still a good number of Russians who are skeptical of the COVID-19 vaccination, including many doctors.
5 Jul 2021
They identified the victims as Maria Hernandez, 35, MSF's emergency coordinator who is a Spanish national; Yohannes Halefom Reda, 31, assistant coordinator and an Ethiopian national; and Tedros Gebremariam Gebremichael, 31, their driver and also an Ethiopian citizen.
20 Jun 2021
Doctors in Germany are urging people to "be patient" and "not harass" medical workers as the country moves toward the end of vaccine prioritization. "Everyone will be vaccinated," they said.
5 May 2021
Hospitals are full, oxygen supplies are low, doctors are exhausted and locals don't trust the government. Why is Tunisia the worst affected country in North Africa?