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Table 2 Estimated and projected global need of health workers, by World Bank income group and WHO region, 2013 and 2030

From: Forecasting imbalances in the global health labor market and devising policy responses

  Health worker need
2013 2030 % Change
World Bank Income Group (# of countries)
 Low (29) 4 861 904 7 049 048 45%
 Lower-middle (44) 17 605 293 21 940 256 25%
 Upper-middle (46) 14 617 189 15 934 777 9%
 High (46) 7 644 247 8 058 211 5%
WHO Region (# of countries)
 Africa (43) 5 891 071 8 910 473 51%
 Americas (28) 5 439 623 6 246 463 15%
 Eastern Mediterranean (15) 3 797 769 5 055 625 33%
 Europe (50) 5 628 533 5 786 268 3%
 South-East Asia (8) 12 433 083 14 712 987 18%
 Western Pacific (21) 11 538 553 12 270 476 6%
World (165) 44 728 633 52 982 292 18%
  1. Source: [1]
  2. Note: The World need numbers reported here are roughly 4% below the World need numbers reported in the above reference. The above reference computes need across 210 counties, as opposed to the 165 countries analyzed for this table. Health worker refers to physicians, nurses/midwives, and other health workers