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Table 5 Estimated health workforce supply versus “need” by regions and income group, 2013 and 2030

From: Global Health Workforce Labor Market Projections for 2030

  2013 (165 countries) 2030 (165 countries) # Countries in Category
Supply (S) Need (N) Diff (S–N) Supply (S) Need (N) Diff (S–N)
WHO Region
 Africa 1,874,830 5,891,071 −4,016,241 3,066,666 8,910,473 −5,843,806 43
 Americas 8,385,480 5,439,623 2,945,857 12,742,856 6,246,463 6,496,393 28
 Eastern Mediterranean 2,690,443 3,797,769 −1,107,326 4,611,408 5,055,625 −444,217 15
 Europe 12,692,401 5,628,533 7,063,868 16,803,264 5,786,268 11,016,996 50
 South-East Asia 5,772,250 12,433,083 −6,660,833 10,168,591 14,712,987 −4,544,397 8
 Western Pacific 10,294,627 11,538,553 −1,243,926 17,261,342 12,270,476 4,990,867 21
WB Region
 East Asia and Pacific 11,141,638 13,692,899 −2,551,261 18,250,702 14,734,499 3,516,203 23
 Europe and Central Asia 12,594,176 5,578,223 7,015,953 16,640,618 5,722,567 10,918,050 48
 Latin America 4,140,233 3,287,004 853,229 5,784,767 3,825,876 1,958,892 26
 Middle East & North Africa 2,570,885 2,354,695 216,190 3,846,948 3,032,910 814,038 15
 North America 4,245,248 2,152,619 2,092,629 6,958,089 2,420,587 4,537,501 2
 South Asia 5,357,579 11,745,586 −6,388,007 10,293,688 14,248,390 −3,954,702 8
 Sub-Saharan Africa 1,660,273 5,917,606 −4,257,333 2,879,315 8,997,462 −6,118,146 43
WB income groups
 Low 692,757 4,861,904 −4,169,147 1,384,576 7,049,048 −5,664,472 29
 Lower middle 9,867,919 17,605,293 −7,737,374 17,958,943 21,940,256 −3,981,313 44
 Upper middle 13,764,139 14,617,189 −853,050 21,362,033 15,934,777 5,427,256 46
 High 17,385,217 7,644,247 9,740,970 23,948,576 8,058,211 15,890,364 46
 World 41,710,032 44,728,633 −3,018,601 64,654,127 52,982,292 11,671,836 165
  1. Health worker “need” refers to the WHO SDG threshold density of 4.45 health workers per 1000 population [31]
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