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Table 3 Estimated and projected global demand 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 demand
2013 2030 % Change
World Bank Income Group (# of countries)
 Low (29) 637 584 1 400 074 120%
 Lower-middle (44) 10 897 535 21 682 581 99%
 Upper-middle (46) 19 040 552 33 291 730 75%
 High (46) 17 690 584 23 780 953 34%
WHO Region (# of countries)
 Africa (43) 1 106 183 2 404 807 117%
 Americas (28) 8 826 933 15 288 610 73%
 Eastern Mediterranean (15) 3 057 524 6 201 515 103%
 Europe (50) 14 178 009 18 158 772 28%
 South-East Asia (8) 5 964 318 12 206 786 105%
 Western Pacific (21) 15 133 290 25 894 849 71%
World (165) 48 266 256 80 155 338 66%
  1. Source: [2]
  2. Note: Health worker refers to physicians, nurses/midwives, and other health workers