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.
Kuehn BM. Volunteer Corps Aims to Improve Training for Clinicians in Developing Countries. JAMA. 2013;309(19):1982–1983. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4514