WHO Says The Global Nurse Gap Is 5.9 Million

- Apr 10, 2020-

The World Health Organization said on the 7th that there is a global shortage of 5.9 million nurses and called on countries to strengthen nurse training and recruitment. At the same time, they hope that the public will change their minds and respect and care for the profession of nurses.


A report co-authored by WHO and the International Council of Nurses said that there are currently fewer than 28 million nurses worldwide, with a gap of 5.9 million. Africa, Southeast Asia, parts of South America and the Middle East have the largest gaps.


The report said that nurses accounted for more than half of the total number of medical staff worldwide. The International Council of Nurses CEO Howard Cotton said in a video connection report that in areas where nurse shortages are severe, disease infection rates, mortality rates, and medical error rates tend to be higher.

WHO Director-General Tan Desai said, "Nurses are the backbone of any medical system," especially during the New Coronary Pneumonia epidemic, and the majority of nurses are fighting on the front line.

WHO calls on countries to increase nurse training and recruitment, and strive to narrow the gap between supply and demand. At the same time, it is hoped that people will change traditional concepts, such as breaking through gender constraints and encouraging more men to choose nurses as their occupations.

Mary Watkins, who participated in the report, said that the number of people in developed countries who are registered as nurses is seriously insufficient. These countries currently rely on immigrants as nurses, which will increase the shortage of nurses in developing countries such as India and the Philippines. According to her estimation, "80% of nurses in the world are serving 50% of the world's population".


April 7 is World Health Day. Against the backdrop of the global fight against the New Coronary Pneumonia epidemic this year, WHO pays tribute to all medical and health workers, especially those who are struggling to fight the epidemic. Tan Desai said at a regular press conference on the 6th, whether during the epidemic or in peacetime, the role of medical staff is very critical, they always guard the most important part of people's lives-health. Therefore, it is not just World Health Day, people should also pay homage to medical workers. Tan Desai said: "The world is witnessing the important role of medical personnel and their central role (in the process of anti-epidemic). Their work deserves our blessing most, they are sacrificing their lives to save the lives of others We are grateful and respectful for this, and fully believe that they will do their best to control the epidemic. "

The report calls on the public to give more respect and understanding to the profession of nurses. Caton said that he noticed that during the fight against the new crown epidemic in various countries, abuses and beatings against medical workers occurred from time to time. This behavior was “completely unacceptable and should be condemned”.