How to address the health care worker shortage

Devex looks at the challenges health care workers face and how these can be addressed to help build a stronger workforce for the future. Photo by: Devex

While there are currently 59 million health care workers worldwide, many more will be required in the future due to the growing population, shifting disease patterns, and increasing levels of noncommunicable diseases. The World Health Organization estimates that in order to reach Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health and well-being — and achieve universal health coverage — another 18 million health care workers will be needed.

However, a lack of funding means the resources to train, employ, and adequately support staff aren’t there.

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About the authors

  • Rebecca Root

    Rebecca Root is a Reporter and Editorial Associate at Devex producing news stories, video, and podcasts as well as partnership content. She has a background in finance, travel, and global development journalism and has written for a variety of publications while living and working in New York, London, and Barcelona.