The Global Shortage of Health Workers

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Take Africa for example; countries there have some of the worst health indicators in the world and people there die of preventable diseases more often than anywhere else. Yet while African people have 24% of the global disease burden, they only have 3% of the health workers to tackle the problem.

At the last estimate the world is 4.2 million health workers short of an adequate workforce. As well as this overall shortage, which needs to be addressed through training, retention and investment, there is the pressing issue of a global health worker imbalance caused by migration.

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation (link opens in a new window)

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