There is a global shortage of healthcare workers estimated by the WHO to reach a deficit of 12.9 million by 2035. This is more than the population of Cyprus, Denmark and Finland combined. Many countries are struggling to reach the basic threshold of 23 skilled health professionals per 10 000 people, and there are still 83 countries below this basic threshold. Unfortunately, the rate of training of new health professionals is falling well below current and projected demand.
The largest shortages in numerical terms are expected to be in parts of Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. For example, in the 47 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, 11 have no medical schools, and 24 countries have only one medical school with 2 doctors and 11 nursing/midwifery personnel per 10,000 population