Volume 53 | Number 3 | June 2018

Abstract List

Farrah J. Mateen M.D., Ph.D., Erica D. McKenzie B.Sc., Sherri Rose Ph.D.


To report on medical schools in fragile states, countries with severe development challenges, and the impact on the workforce for health care delivery.

Data Sources

2007 and 2012 World Bank Harmonized List of Fragile Situations; 1998–2012 Global Health Observatory; 2014 World Directory of Medical Schools.

Data Extraction

Fragile classification established from 2007 and 2012 World Bank status. Population, gross national income, health expenditure, and life expectancy were 2007 figures. Physician density was most recently available from Global Health Observatory (1998–2012), with number of medical schools from 2014 World Directory of Medical Schools.

Study Design

Regression analyses assessed impact of fragile state status in 2012 on the number of medical schools in 2014.

Principal Findings

Fragile states were 1.76 (95 percent 1.07–2.45) to 2.37 (95 percent 1.44–3.30) times more likely to have fewer than two medical schools than nonfragile states.


Fragile states lack the infrastructure to train sufficient numbers of medical professionals to meet their population health needs.