ILO Says 50M Jobs Required to Address Global Health

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A new study released by the International Labour Organisation, ILO, weekend in Geneva, Switzerland, said an estimated 50 million decent jobs were missing in 2016 to address essential global health requirements through universal health coverage, UHC, and ensure human security, particularly with respect to highly infectious diseases like Ebola.

According to the study, demographic ageing over the next 15 years was expected to further increase employment needs in the global health supply chain by 84 million jobs.

The study, “Health workforce: A global supply chain” approach provides new data on the employment effects of health economies in 185 countries.

The data provide evidence that a large invisible workforce of globally 57 million unpaid workers fills in for the huge shortages of skilled health workers. Most of them are women who gave up employment to provide care, for example to older family members.

Source: Vanguard News (link opens in a new window)

Health Care
public health, supply chains