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Poor countries urgently need to scale up training of healthcare workers, task force warns

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a190 (Published 29 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1211
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The critical shortage of healthcare workers in many developing countries—especially in sub-Saharan Africa—needs to be dealt with urgently, urges a report by an international expert group sponsored by the World Health Organization.

    “Without implementing changes thousands of people in the poorest nations will continue to suffer,” said Nigel Crisp, who co-chairs the Global Health Workforce Alliance, a partnership of United Nations agencies, professional associations, non-governmental organisations, and academics.

    WHO has estimated that there is a worldwide shortage of at least 4.3 million healthcare workers, including 2.4 million doctors, nurses, and midwives. As a result of the shortage, which is severe in about 57 countries, more than one billion people do not have access to health care, it says.

    The alliance’s report …

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