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Medical News and Perspectives
May 15, 2013

Volunteer Corps Aims to Improve Training for Clinicians in Developing Countries

JAMA. 2013;309(19):1982-1983. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4514

Like many developing countries, Malawi faces a shortage of clinicians to meet the demand for care. According to the World Health Organization, there are just 3 nurses per 10 000 Malawians (compared with approximately 100 nurses to 10 000 citizens in the United States and the United Kingdom) and even fewer physicians, with fewer than 1 per 10 000.

The country lacks the training capacity to build a larger clinician workforce to better meet the demand. To help Malawi and other countries like it grow a robust domestic pipeline for health care workers, a new nonprofit, the Global Health Service Corps, has partnered with the Peace Corps to create a program that will send US clinicians to these countries to help train clinician educators, improve the quality of domestic training programs, and create opportunities for clinicians to pursue specialized training.

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