Trained healthcare workers needed now more than ever

Effective treatments and up-to-date hospitals and equipment are useless without sufficient, trained healthcare workers such as doctors, field nurses, community health workers, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, management, support workers and volunteers. Without them, treatments and prevention measures to help people suffering from diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS or non-communicable diseases will come to nothing. While Sub-Saharan Africa has 11 percent of the world's population and 24 percent of the global burden of disease, it has only 3 percent of the world's health workers. Not surprisingly over half of our 250 health partnerships have training as a key area of focus. They either incorporate training as part of a larger program or focus solely on training.