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    The larger a country’s apparent size, the greater its need for more health workers to meet recommended levels

    The larger a country’s apparent size, the greater its need for more health workers to meet recommended levels.

    Source: Benjamin D. Henning, Views of the World

    World Health Worker Week 2014 is April 7-11. This is “a time to celebrate the amazing work that health workers do and raise awareness of the challenges that they face every day.” The World Health Organization recommends a minimum of 23 health workers for every 10,000 people. The cartogram to the right illustrates the world’s health worker needs proportionally by country: The larger a country’s apparent size, the greater its need for more health workers to meet recommended levels. (Source)

    K4Health’s activities and products are all intended to strengthen health systems and benefit health workers—whether we are handing a community health worker a netbook loaded with health education materials, or maintaining a global repository of family planning knowledge and making it accessible to anyone at anytime, or helping a ministry of health figure out where the knowledge gaps are in their national system.