Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Health Workforce

Pharmaceutical personnel: Available statistics show that about 31.2% of WHO Member States report to have less than 1 pharmaceutical personnel per 1000 population. Pharmacists have an important role to play in health care more than just selling medicines at pharmacies. Pharmacists play an integral part in the health care team and assumes varied functions ranging from the procurement and supply of medicines to pharmaceutical care services, helping to ensure the best treatment for patients. The pharmaceutical care process involves establishing a relationship between the patient and the pharmacist, developing an evidence-based care plan for medicine therapy and follow-up on the patient's expected health outcome.

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Training capacity

<2%of the global health expenditure, about US$ 100 billion are spent each year on health professional education

WHO policy brief on financing education of health professionals, 2013

M&E system and strategy

1 in 3of the selected HRH crisis countries had a monitoring and evaluation system and strategy

Human resources for health (HRH) observer
Issue No. 9, May 2012

National HRH plans

55%of the 57 countries facing health workforce crisis report implementation of the national plan

Human resources for health (HRH) observer, Issue No. 6, December 2010