Global health capacity and workforce development: turning the world upside down

Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2011 Jun;25(2):359-67. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2011.02.010.


This article explores global health and the way in which the whole world is increasingly interdependent in terms of health. High-income countries need to help redress the balance of power and resources around the world, for self interest and self preservation if for no other reason. These countries have a particular responsibility to help support the training of more health workers and to strengthen health systems in low-income and middle-income countries. In this interdependent world, high-income countries can learn a great deal from poorer ones as well as vice versa, and concepts of mutuality and codevelopment will become increasingly important.

MeSH terms

  • Communicable Diseases / epidemiology
  • Communicable Diseases / transmission
  • Developed Countries
  • Developing Countries
  • Education, Medical
  • Education, Professional
  • Global Health*
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Health Personnel / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Status
  • Health Workforce / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Poverty
  • Professional Competence / standards*
  • Resource Allocation
  • Schools, Medical
  • Socioeconomic Factors