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Ethiopia plans to train extra 9000 doctors to fill gap left by migration

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39525.419803.4E (Published 27 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:689
  1. Henry Wasswa
  1. 1Kampala

    Ethiopia has set a target to increase the number of doctors practising in the country by 9000 in four years to fill an acute shortage of medical staff, government officials have said.

    Ethiopia has just 1600 doctors serving a population of 83 million but needs a minimum of 8000, the government estimates.

    “We face a very critical problem. We plan to train more doctors and increase their pay. It will be a massive training [of doctors] because we have a gap of over 80%,” said Mohammed Hussein, one of Ethiopia’s assistant health ministers, …

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