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Table 4 Estimated and projected global supply 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 supply
2013 2030 % Change
World Bank Income Group (# of countries)
 Low (29) 692 757 1 384 576 100%
 Lower-middle (44) 9 867 919 17 958 943 82%
 Upper-middle (46) 13 764 139 21 362 033 55%
 High (46) 17 385 217 23 948 576 38%
WHO Region (# of countries)
 Africa (43) 1 874 830 3 066 666 64%
 Americas (28) 8 385 480 12 742 856 52%
 Eastern Mediterranean (15) 2 690 443 4 611 408 71%
 Europe (50) 12 692 401 16 803 264 32%
 South-East Asia (8) 5 772 250 10 168 591 76%
 Western Pacific (21) 10 294 627 17 261 342 68%
World (165) 41 710 032 64 654 127 55%
  1. Source: [1]
  2. Note: The World need numbers reported here are roughly 4% below the World 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