The World Health Report 2006. Working together for health


World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 237
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English, Français, Español
ISBN: 9241563176, 9789241563178


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This flagship report of the World Health Organization provides an expert assessment of the current crisis in the global health workforce and contains ambitious proposals to tackle it over the next ten years.

The report reveals an estimated shortage of almost 4.3 million doctors, midwives, nurses and support workers worldwide. The shortage is most severe in the poorest countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where health workers are most needed.

Focusing on all stages of the health workers' career lifespan from entry to health training, to job recruitment through to retirement, the report lays out a ten-year action plan in which countries can build their health workforces, with the support of global partners.

The report annexes contain country by country estimates of health worker availability, ratios of health workers to patients, and gap calculations.