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Solving Health Workforce Shortage Requires Addressing Other Global Issues, Trends

Huffington Post: 3 Issues We Can’t Ignore If We’re Going to Solve the Health Workforce Crisis
Pape Amadou Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth International

“…The shortfall [in health workers] 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. Here are just three of the global issues in the news right now that we cannot ignore if we’re going to solve the health workforce crisis: 1. Terrorism … 2. Urbanization … 3. Inequality … Health systems are more than just buildings and policies. Their raison d’être is people — both those who seek health care and those who provide it. And as we celebrate World Health Worker Week April 3-9, we’re celebrating all those who promote greater health and well-being around the world. Investing in them is our best chance at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals…” (4/5).

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