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10 facts on health workforce crisis

A team of nurses observing a doctor as she examines a young child.

Fact 7

Training a nurse takes at least three years; training a doctor can take more than six. If action to expand the health workforce is taken now, effects will only begin to be felt years later. Innovative methods (distance learning, task shifting or community health worker programmes) can shorten this delay effect, but there is no "quick fix" to this problem.

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