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Report: Global Shortage of Health Workers Could Thwart Campaigns Against Disease

Nov 27, 2004 Washington

The world is suffering an acute shortage of doctors, nurses, and other health workers, according to a global group of health leaders. They say overburdened health workers on the front lines of survival are losing the fight against diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria.

A new report blames feeble national health systems for the rollback of spectacular gains made over the last century in human survival. The authors are with the Joint Learning Initiative, an independent network of more than 100 health leaders from institutions such as the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and universities and government public health agencies globally.



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