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Like most African countries, Malawi has suffered from a severe shortage of nurses and key health workers.

In the past, workers in the tiny southeast African nation of just 13 million inhabitants have been lured abroad by the promise of higher wages and better working conditions.

But, the country best-known as the homeland of Madonna's adopted children now has another claim to fame: It has succeeding in halting -- at least for now -- its crippling brain drain of nurses.

Malawi's solution? To expand educational opportunities for nurses at all levels and keep them out of poverty by paying modestly more money.

Countries don't come much poorer than Malawi, but its healthcare system worked well back in the 1970s and early 1980s. Read full article »

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