Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Density of nursing and midwifery personnel (total number per 1000 population, latest available year)

Situation and trends

About 48% of WHO Member States report to have less than 3 nursing and midwifery personnel per 1000 population (about 27% report to have less than 1)

In many countries nurses and midwives constitute more than 50% of the national health workforce. Though globally, it is estimated that by 2030, the shortage of nurses and midwives will reduce from the current 9 million to 7.6 million, the shortage in the African and Eastern Mediterranean Regions will actually worsen.