3 Issues We Can’t Ignore If We’re Going to Solve the Health Workforce Crisis

This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post:Today there is a global shortage of 7.2 million health workers. The World Health Organization and World Bank estimate that if we’re to have any chance of attaining universal access to health care by 2030, we’ll need to train and deploy 40-50 million new health and social care workers worldwide.The shortfall is staggering.But the solution is more complex than just recruiting more health workers. And the shortage isn’t the only barrier that keeps people from having access to care. In our interconnected world, we can’t address the health worker shortage from inside the bubble of global health—seemingly unrelated world events and trends have a huge impact on health care around the world.Terrorism infringes on one of our most valuable human rights: access to health care.

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3 Issues We Can’t Ignore If We’re Going to Solve the Health Workforce Crisis