Sustainable Supply and Demand

Global health care has a supply and demand problem. Women are primed to fill the gap, but gender inequity in the workplace squanders female talent, compromising health systems. The current paradigm—men leading and women delivering health care—is built on inequities. These must be challenged by gender-transformative policies, according to a new report.

Female health workers make up 70% of health workers, but hold just 25% of senior roles—not to mention the unacknowledged unpaid work done by women and girls, according to the report co-produced by WHO, the Global Health Workforce Network and Women in Global Health.

The review covers 170 studies, but notes that most are from high-income anglophone countries, underscoring another data gap.


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