Philippines and Bahrain Sign Health Services Cooperation Agreement


Bahrain has signed a Health Services Cooperation Agreement with the Philippines to provide an ethical framework that will guide the recruitment policies and procedures of receiving countries, and create alliances between the Philippine and Bahraini healthcare and educational institutions to produce sustainable international education and professional development programs that will increase the supply of qualified nurses. The agreement's specific objectives concern the exchange of human resources for health (HRH) in terms of recruitment, rights of workers, capacity building, mechanisms for sustainability of the development of HRH and the forging of a mutual recognition agreement on HRH. Scholarships, academic cooperation on HRH, investments and technology cooperation are also addressed in the agreement.

The agreement was signed to benefit health workers, in particular the 1,500-2,000 Filipino health professionals in Bahrain. “It is hoped that when the agreement is fully implemented, Bahrain's aim of becoming a medical oasis in the Middle East and Africa and the Philippines' seeking to be the center of excellence for health services, health science education, and health research in the Asia Pacific will get a boost,” Ambassador Eduardo Pablo M. Maglaya remarked.

Adapted from Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines press release.

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