18 Jan Health worker shortage is a truly global crisis
Africa is desperately short of doctors and nurses. So is much of Asia. In 57 countries, the situation is deemed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be at crisis point; they have fewer than 2.3 nurses, doctors and midwives for every 1,000 people – too few to deliver the basic level of care needed.
But in contrast to some other developing world problems, this is an issue that really does affect all of us. The world needs an estimated 4.2 million more health workers.