World faces nearly 13 million shortfall in global healthcare workers: WHO

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Health care workers – WHO

Billions of people could face serious health implications if the global shortfall in healthcare workers is not addressed, a new United Nations report warns.

The report, released on Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO), finds that the world will be short of 12.9 million healthcare workers by 2035, with sub-Saharan Africa being most affected.

WHO says the shortfall is due to several factors such as ageing or people leaving the sector for better paying jobs. Meanwhile, not enough young workers are entering the profession or being adequately trained.

The report makes numerous recommendations including maximizing the role of mid-level and community health workers and retaining staff in countries where the deficits are most acute.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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