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What does it mean ?
Full Name:Number of licensed qualified obstetricians actively working
Full Unit: Total number
Year-range of Data:2008 - 2014
Source:WHO Global Health Workforce Statistics database
Link to Source:http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.wrapper.imr?x-id=4662
Date Source Published:17th February 2017
Date Source Accessed:29th April 2019

The following countries had no data:
Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, SADR, São Tomé and Príncipe, Tanzania

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Qualified obstetricians

What does it mean ?

This is a count of the total number of licensed, qualified physician obstetricians.

Why does it matter ?

This indicator measures the number of qualified physician obstetricians that are licensed in a country. Measuring and monitoring the number of healthcare workers is crucial for understanding the available resources in a health system. This is important for monitoring Sustainable Development Goal 3 Health and Wellbeing; Target 3.c: Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States.

How is it collected ?

The compilation of data is from the following sources: Routine administrative information systems, which includes reports on public expenditure, staffing, payroll, professional training, registration and licensure; population censuses; labour force and employment surveys; and health facility assessments. All countries are asked to submit these data through the National Health Workforce Accounts a as an official source.

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EGYPT: Please note that Egypt reported a total number of 15,363 obstetricians licensed to work in 2014; this is not shown here because the axis is skewed as a result.

The classification of obstetrician is based on criteria for vocational education and training, regulation of health professions, and the activities and tasks involved in carrying out a job as laid out in a framework for categorizing key workforce variables according to shared characteristics. The data presented here from the WHO Global Health Observatory do not give a full picture of all the health workers that perform surgery, anaesthesia and obstetric work; this is because some physicians and other healthcare providers who were not licensed were excluded to allow comparisons across countries. The data do not capture actual access to specialist providers, affected by factors such as financial barriers or the urban-rural distribution.

You can read more about the indicator here: http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.wrapper.imr?x-id=4662

More information on calculations

Since the adoption of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030, states are called on to report a core set of data on human resources for health on a yearly basis to the Global Health Observatory. To support national policy and planning as well as the Global Strategy's monitoring and accountability frameworks, states are also called on to consolidated accounts on progressive implementation of national health workforce.

For more information, visit: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/metadata/files/Metadata-03-0C-01.pdf

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