World Health Day

2006: working together for health

In 2006, World Health Day was devoted to the health workforce crisis. Health workers - the people who provide health care to those who need it - are at the heart of health systems. But around the world, there is a chronic shortage of health workers as a result of decades of underinvestment in their education, training, salaries, working environment and management. The results are evident: clinics with no health workers and hospitals that cannot recruit or keep key staff. This is a crisis from which no country is entirely immune.

Hundreds of organizations hosted events to draw attention to the global health workforce crisis and to celebrate the dignity and value of working for health.

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Health workers from around the world tell their stories