Health Workforce Challenges

The Life of Health Students and Professionals in Developing Countries: A Snapshot

Mesrak BelatchewThere are 57 countries that fail to meet the World Health Organization’s recommended minimum threshold of 2.3 health workers per 1,000 people. Everyone agrees on the fact that the health workforce crisis is beyond the numbers. The increased migration of health workers and the lack of trained health providers in rural and remote areas are manifestations of the inherent lack of capacity of the health and education systems in developing countries to adequately recruit, train, and support their health workers.

Typically, students that join health science institutions have strong records of academic achievement. Their personal aspirations coupled with the high expectations of their families, teachers, and their communities increase their desire to achieve more. They dream of getting more education and training to enable them to help others. Read more »

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