Global health security is being undermined by the practice of underpaying or not paying female health workers, a report has said.

More than six million women are propping up health systems around the world without being paid in full, Women in Global Health reported, and the negative effects are widespread.

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, some countries were unable to estimate their need for personal protective equipment (PPE) due to a lack of data on the number of health workers delivering critical public health services in communities, the report, titled “Subsidising Global Health”, said.

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