Health Worker Shortages and Global Justice
Milbank Memorial Fund Report
This report grew out of a concern that much more needs to be done by wealthy countries to respond to this challenge. The clarion call by authors Paula O’Brien and Lawrence O. Gostin in this report is that every country and all stakeholders must be deeply engaged to solve the global human resource shortage.
While acknowledging the interrelationships among the various components, the authors direct their recommendations to the United States because of its unique leadership capacity. They offer seven recommendations to the US government to address the global health worker shortage, including building its own workforce with a focus on self-sufficiency and task shifting, collaborating with the international community, and reforming its global health assistance programs to help developing countries educate and retain their own workers. [from the report] middle-income countries.