A Dire Shortage
All countries need robust health care delivery systems to provide quality, accessible services. The World Health Organization reports that 83 countries do not meet the minimum threshold of 23 health workers (nurses, doctors, and midwives) per 10,000 people. 43 of the 83 countries are in Africa which has a particularly severe shortage and shoulders nearly a quarter of the world’s disease burden.
This crippling shortage of doctors and nurses is perpetuated by the scarcity of educators able to train eager new medical and nursing professionals and limits the ability of countries to deliver even basic health care, let alone respond to more complex needs.