Global Education and Training Initiative (GETI)

What is GETI?

UICC’s Global Education and Training Initiative (GETI) aims to provide leadership in healthcare workforce solutions, based on evidence, sharing of best practice and targeted training.  

GETI aligns with target 9 of the World Cancer Declaration and aims to:

  • Encourage more healthcare students to enter the field of oncology by improving access to training opportunities.
  • Reduce the negative impact of emigration in the oncology field.
  • Improve the knowledge of those already working in the field and inspire moreleaders to emerge in cancer control and research.

Funding priorities

GETI’s funding priorities are guided by its strategic plan to focus on maximising the impact of fellowships, ensure the advocacy messages are visible on the global health agenda and that the standards of training and the education of healthcare workers are improved significantly in the best interests of those living with and affected by cancer. 

Why GETI is important

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 4.3 million healthcare workers are needed to meet a growing global shortage. The estimated need for skilled doctors, nurses and pharmacists is expected to increase, particularly in countries already struggling to meet basic personnel needs. 

  • Public healthcare systems do not train and recruit sufficient workers. The pool of skilled workers is unevenly distributed, with high concentrations in urban areas and many working in the private sector rather than in public healthcare. Due to the pressure of poor working conditions and low salaries, healthcare workers then tend to resign or migrate. 
  • The critical shortage of skilled personnel is one of the greatest challenges facing the management of cancer today and requires an urgent response for lasting local impact. 

Some statistics

  • A total of 57 countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa but also including Bangladesh, India and Indonesia, face crippling healthcare workforce shortages.
  • The global deficit of doctors, nurses andmidwives is at least 2.4 million and WHO estimates that the African Region has a shortfall of 817,992. It is startling to think that whilst this region holds 11% of the world’s population and 24% of the global disease burden, it only has 3% of the world’s healthcare workers.

Image: Countries with a crititcal shortage of Health Service Providers (doctors, nurses, midwives etc.)