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International Leaders To Discuss Global Health Worker Gap At Oslo Meeting

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Louise Holly, a policy and advocacy adviser at Save the Children U.K. and chair of the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative, examines “the global health worker crisis,” noting “some estimate that as many as one billion people never get to see a health worker in their lives” and “that at least 3.5 million additional health workers are needed, including one million community health workers.” She writes, “That’s why I’m hoping that representatives from the world’s richest countries will agree to close the global health worker gap once and for all when they meet in Oslo, Norway, later this week.” The meeting “is part of the build-up to the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in November, where governments will be asked to stand up and commit to actions that will help to build the health workforce needed to achieve universal health coverage,” she notes (9/3).