Inclusion of migration and decent work in the Philippines' nursing curriculum
To address gaps in knowledge on ethical migration and decent work among migrant health professionals from the Philippines, the International Labour Organization with its European Union-funded 'Decent Work Across Borders' (DWAB) project commissioned the development of instructional materials for a 54-hour elective course on migration and decent work, for inclusion in the Philippines' nursing and health science curriculum. The development of the course, which has been spearheaded by the Philippines Commission on Higher Education (CHED), consists of seven modules developed by a team of health professionals and ILO project staff based on ILO's safe and ethical migration framework. Along with the introduction, the context-specific modules cover the health care system in the Philippines, decent work for Filipino health professionals, international agreements for the mobility of health professionals, migration and ethical recruitment issues and multiculturalism in the health sector. As prospective migrant health professionals, students learn how to protect and exercise their labour rights, and are thus better prepared to avoid the pitfalls of international migration.