Global Nursing

Pat Daoust and Mary Sebert with Discovery Excellence Award Nurses from South Africa


The Global Nursing Program at MGH Global Health provides nursing education and promotes nursing leadership to increase the capacity of nurses and midwives to improve clinical outcomes for the populations they serve.

Did you know?

A 2013 World Health Organization report recognizes a global shortage of over 7.2 million doctors, nurses and midwives. In the U.S., there are 980 nurses for every 100,000 people. By contrast, in sub-Saharan Africa, the average is 90 nurses per 100,000 people. Nurses are the key providers in primary health care, delivering up to 90% of all health care services. One third of all nurses live in the US and Canada, yet 90% of the global burden of disease is carried by the rest of the world (WHO, 2006). There is a 60-70% nursing faculty shortage throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The critical shortage of nurses in sub-Saharan Africa demonstrates a need to foster the growth of a global nursing community.