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WHO says 6 million new nurses needed by 2030

Published Jul 23, 2020


CAPE TOWN- The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for quality healthcare services and according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report six million more nurses are needed by 2030 to ensure healthcare standards rise again after the pandemic.


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The international mobility of the nursing workforce is increasing and many countries are failing to train and retain their own nurses. One in eight nurses currently works in a country other than the one in which they were trained.

Countries that are experiencing excessive losses of their nurses through migration should consider mitigating measures and retention packages, suggests the report. Salary improvements, pay equity, working conditions, and creating professional development opportunities would help in nurse retention.

“Our emergency preparedness and response capacity is being tested by the current Covid-19 outbreak and mass population displacement caused by conflict. Nurses provide vital care in each of these circumstances. Now, more than ever, the world needs them working to the full extent of their education and training,” said the report.

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