29.03.2020 The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic shows how important it is to have enough medical personnel available. Not only doctors, but also nurses are urgently needed at the forefront. But even before the current crisis, health workers were scarce in many places. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the world needs around nine million additional nurses and midwives to achieve the goal of universal health care by 2030.
Southeast Asia and Africa in particular are struggling with the dangerous shortage. Richer countries, on the other hand, have been recruiting medical personnel from all over the world for decades, but especially from the Philippines. Not without side effects: Few health care systems have as few nurses as that of the Southeast Asian island state.
By the way, one of the most famous nurses, Florence Nightingale, was born 200 years ago. WHO therefore declared 2020 the “International Year of Nurses and Midwives” to put the spotlight on the importance of these professions. Because of the corona pandemic, at least this goal has been achieved.