Health workforce

The health workforce is central to managing and delivering health services in all countries. The ability of health systems to perform well and respond appropriately to the new challenges they face is strongly influenced by the availability of health workers with relevant skills, in sufficient numbers, located where they are needed, and working in an environment that motivates and engages them.

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Highlighting nurses and midwives’ commitment to delivering the highest quality care

On the occasions of International Day of the Midwife on 5 May and International Nurses Day on 12 May, the WHO Regional Office for Europe is highlighting these critically important professions by featuring the voices of nurses and midwives from around the Region.


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Data and statistics

Global shortages in health workforce numbers can mount up to 9.9 million medical doctors, nurses and midwives by 2030.

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Posters on human health