Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Density of medical doctors (total number per 10 000 population, latest available year)

Situation and trends

Available statistics show that over 30% of WHO Member States report to have less than 10 medical doctors per 10 000 population.

Health workers are distributed unevenly across the globe. Countries with the lowest relative need have the highest numbers of health workers, while those with the greatest burden of disease must make do with a much smaller health workforce. The African Region suffers more than 22% of the global burden of disease but has access to only 3% of health workers and less than 1% of the world’s financial resources.