The health workforce crisis in Uganda is immense. Uganda is reportedly losing at least 1,400 skilled professionals each year, and there are only 29,000 medical personnel in a country of 31 million people.
The news that health facilities in Uganda have received notification to stop enrolling new patients in PEPFAR programs confirms what we have suspected and reported on since mid 2009---that the Obama administration is curtailing its commitment to PEPFAR.
Over the past 2 months, PHR activists have sent more than 2200 emails to their Senators and Congressperson, urging them to condemn Uganda's horrific Anti-Homosexuality Bill.Yesterday, the Senate took a stand. Thanks in part to your advocacy, the Senate passed a resolution (S.R. 409) that not only condemns Uganda's anti-homosexuality law, but also calls on governments around the world to reject and repeal similar laws that criminalize homosexuality.
The statistics are shocking. Malawi has only 260 doctors to care for a population of 13 million. The city of Washington, DC--home to 600,000 people--has about twice as many physicians as the entire country of Ethiopia, home to 80 million.Today, as we celebrate World Health Day, the health workforce crisis remains one of the greatest hurdles to realizing the right to health for all in developing countries.
This month, PHR is examining the health workers shortage in Africa ahead of the introduction of the Global HEALTH Act, which would provide $2 billion over five years to strengthen the health workforce in developing countries.Today, we want to highlight an organization that is working right now to fill health worker vacancies in rural areas in Southern Africa.