MDG 6: WHO Calls for More Health Workers

WHO warns that with the current number of health workers worldwide, most developing countries will not be able to achieve MDG 6

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that with the current number of health workers worldwide, most developing countries will not be able to achieve Millennium Development Goal 6, which includes universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment by 2015.

According to 2011 WHO report which reviewed progress in five countries, by the end of 2009 only 36 percent of 14.5 million HIV-positive people in low and middle income countries in need of antiretroviral treatment (ART) received it, in large part because of the lack of healthcare workers.

Maxensia Nakibuuka, an HIV-positive Ugandan and founder of a NGO that has provided HIV care at no cost, out of her home, since 2005, reaching some 12 000 people in the past five years by her count, notes that "We have to start somewhere”.

To read the article titled, “More health workers needed to achieve HIV/AIDS targets,” click here.

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