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Indicator 3.c.1

Health worker density and distribution


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Headline data

Source: Federal Statistical Office (Destatis)

Geographical Area: Germany

Unit of measurement: Per 10,000 inhabitants

Comment: Nursing and midwifery personnel: 2018 preliminary data

The international organisations (custodian agencies) that are responsible for the respective SDG-indicator publish methodological guidelines for the calculation of the indicator - so-called global metadata.

Displayed here are the national time series that fit the global metadata best as well as their comparability with the global metadata. Please find further methodical and country-specific information of the time series in the related national metadata.

Time series available

Health workers, according to the practising concept (with direct patient contact):
Medical doctors
Nursing and midwifery personnel

Comparability with global metadata

Traditionally, the time series has been estimated using two measurements: density of physicians, and density of nursing and midwifery personnel. In the context of the SDG agenda, the dataset has been expanded to physicians, nursing personnel, midwifery personnel, dentistry personnel and pharmaceutical personnel. The dataset is planned to progressively expand to cover all health cadres. As long as the global metadata of the SDG indicator 3.c.1 are not completed, the time series “health workers” can not be considered as compliant. The four additional time series are listed as sub-indicators in the global metadata.

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators. Global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Target name

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

Indicator name

Health worker density and distribution

Designated tier

Tier I

Custodian agency

World Health Organization (WHO)

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