The crucial role of nurses this World Diabetes Day
Published on 23 October 2020
According to latest figures compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO) it is estimated that the global nursing workforce is 27.9 million, of which 19.3 million are professional nurses.
However, the global shortage of nurses in 2018 was 5.9 million, with 89% of that shortage concentrated in low- and middle-income countries.
To combat this deficit WHO recommends that the number of nurses trained and employed needs to grow by 8% a year to overcome alarming shortfalls in the profession by 2030.
A statement from the IDF said: “There remains a significant need for more education and funding to equip nurses around the world with the skills to support people living with diabetes and those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
“Healthcare providers and governments must therefore recognise the importance of investing in education and training. With the right expertise, nurses can make the difference for people affected by diabetes.
“On behalf of people living with, and affected by diabetes, IDF is requesting national governments to recognise and advance the role of nurses in diabetes care.”
WHO estimates that the total investment required to achieve the targets outlined in the Social Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 stand at 3.9 trillion USD (£29.85 trillion) – 40% of which should be dedicated to remunerating the health workforce.
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