Shortage of Health Workers Puts MDGs at Risk

The shortage of health workers, which is very evident in “fragile states,” is slimming the chances of achieving health-related Millennium Development Goals in these areas, according to a seminar hosted by Amref UK and the Voluntary Service Overseas. At least 4 million global health workers and an additional USD46 billion are needed if MDGs for health are to be attained by 2015, Eric Williams of the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative said.Africa alone needs 800,000 health personnel by 2015, the U.K. Department for International Development stressed, adding that there is a crucial lack of health workers in more than 50 countries, The Guardian reports. Increasing long-term, stable financing for the training and retention, and providing technical assistance in developing a human resources work plan may help stabilize inadequate health personnel staffing, according to Fiona Campbell, head of policy at Merlin.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.