Table 1

Characteristics of participating countries, student health professionals by male and female and WHO regions

Number of countriesTime period of surveysTotalFemaleMaleRange of response rates (%)
Medicine
AFRO92005–20092686173192451.3 to 96.8
EMRO162005–201111 7836702505150.8 to 100
EURO202006–201113 7769044468641.3 to 100
AMRO152005–201112 6627112545864 to 100
SEARO72006–201187323881480760.9 to 92.2
WPRO32005–200722751022123353.3 to 88.9
Total 70 51 914 29 492 22 159
Dentistry
AFRO32007–200928517011574 to 76.7
EMRO132006–20112655156098056.2 to 87.6
EURO152006–201126061576101962.7 to 100
AMRO132007–201159993997196366.7 to 97.5
SEARO72007–20112759180881083.9 to 89.5
WPRO52005–200927417310185.5 to 100
Total 56 14 578 9284 4988
Nursing
AFRO72005–20091650113150868.4 to 96.3
EMRO142006–201066604508208643 to 100
EURO112005–201165175496100242 to 90.2
AMRO162006–20115870501880749.5 to 100
SEARO52006–20114326396933086.7 to 93
WPRO32005–20071319112117779.3 to 100
Total 56 26 342 21 243 4910
Pharmacy
AFRO62006–200987450037359 to 91.3
EMRO132006–201138612522130638.3 to 93.1
EURO122006–20112132167045972.5 to 100
AMRO112006–20112569185969274.3 to 97.7
SEARO62008–201142371481274480.7 to 84.8
WPRO62005–2009102075825579.7 to 100
Total 54 14 693 8790 5829
  • The list of countries in each region is given below as per WHO regional offices. The number of countries surveyed and year of survey varied for each health profession discipline and WHO regions.

  • AFRO—Algeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia.

  • EMRO—Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza Strip West Bank, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Yemen. 

  • EURO— Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Poland, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine.

  • SEARO—Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand. 

  • AMRO—Argentina, Barbados, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Brazil, Belize, Chile, Costa Rica,Cuba, Havana, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. WPRO—Cambodia, Fiji, Lao  People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam.