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The health workforce crisis in Bangladesh

According to BRAC researcher Syed Masud Ahmed and his colleagues (Human Resources for Health 2011, 9:3), in 2007 there were around five physicians and two nurses per 10 000 population in Bangladesh, i.e. 2.5 times more doctor than nurses. “The current nurse-doctor ratio …  is far short of the international standard of around three nurses per doctor. Interestingly, the equal nurse-doctor ratio in Khulna and very low nurse-doctor ratio in Sylhet is also associated with better health indicators in Khulna and worse health indicators in Sylhet. The importance of the nursing population for healthier communities … cannot be overemphasized.” They estimate, based on typical low-income countries, that 280 000 nurses are needed in Bangladesh.

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