Over one billion people have no access to a health worker.
These people, the vast majority from countries in lower-resource settings, are already experiencing high rates of premature death, family break-up and stunted economic growth.
And yet the situation is only getting worse. Demand for health workers is such that World Bank sponsored research has shown that we need to double the global workforce, from 40 to 80 million professionals, by 2030 to meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
If we don’t take radical action now to grow our global health workforce, hundreds of millions more people around the world will suffer without access to health professionals in the future.