International Task Force Launched to Address Global Shortage of Health Workers


A new international task force has been launched to tackle the global shortage of health workers. With a shortfall of 4.3 million health workers worldwide, including more than 1 million in Africa alone, there is an urgent need to increase the number of doctors, nurses, health managers and other health care workers needed to face immediate health crises.

The new global task force has been set up under the auspices of the Global Health Workforce Alliance. The task force includes two African Ministers of Health and senior health policy makers from across the globe, from the public and private sectors, and both developing and developed countries. Together these leaders in health and education will champion the need for significantly increased investment in the education and training of health workers in developing countries, and will build international commitment to practical action.

Adapted from WHO announcement.

Read the WHO announcement.

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