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Who are frontline health workers ?

This blog will be developed to include the outcomes of the Webinar October 20th, 10 a.m. ET: Health Workforce: An Investment not a cost. 

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Did you know that investing in the health workforce can improve economic growth even more than investing in the finance sector? Are you aware that new estimates predict a shortage of 18million (yes, 18 million!) health workers by 2030?

The recent report of the United Nations  High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, titled ”Working for Health and Growth: Investing in the Health Workforce”, lays out a compelling investment case for the health workforce, and calls for a cross-sector response. The Commission – led by French President François Hollande and South African President Jacob Zuma –  was co-convened by the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to examine the economic case for investing in the health workforce.

Please join the Frontline Health Workers Coalition and key representatives from the United Nations Secretary General's High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth (ComHEEG) for a webinar featuring a moderated panel highlighting key findings and recommendations from the recently released report. The webinar will feature cross-sector panelists, addressing health, education, and finance/economics findings from the report. In the webinar, panelists will share key relevant information and the coalition will discuss ways to leverage the report findings to support health workforce advocacy efforts.

The Frontline Health Workers Coalition is an alliance of 35 US-based organizations urging for greater and more strategic investment in frontline health workers. As a primarily advocacy focused coalition, this report provides some excellent data to support what we all know to be true-the health workforce is an investment, not a cost.  We are thrilled to see the data and arguments to support better investment in health workforce as a key strategy to helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Please join us on October 20th for this important webinar and discussion!

Julia Bluestone, CNM, MS

Sr. Technical Advisor, Jhpiego

Chair, Frontline Health Workers Coalition

Who are frontline health workers ?

Frontline health workers deliver a range of basic health care and life-saving interventions, and are widely-considered a “best buy” for global health. But according to the World Health Organization, there is a shortage of at least 1 million frontline health workers in the developing world (High Level Task Force, 2010). Existing frontline health workers could save many more lives if they had improved training and constant supplies.

Frontline health workers are the backbone of effective health systems – they are often based in the community and come from the community they serve, they play a critical role in providing a local context for proven health solutions, and they connect families and communities to the health system.

Frontline health workers are those directly providing services where they are most needed, especially in remote and rural areas. Many are community health workers and midwives, though they can also include local pharmacists, nurses and doctors who serve in community clinics near people in need. They are the first and often the only link to health care for millions of people, are relatively inexpensive to train and support, and are capable of providing many life-saving interventions.

Policy brief on Saving Lives on the Frontline Eliminating Pediatric HIV and AIDS  https://www.frontlinehealthworkers.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Policy-Brief-Eliminating-Pediatric-HIV-and-AIDS.pdf

Videos

"I'm a Health Worker": Nadine Mankoto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGeKEq8BE-A&index=5&list=FL0GQVBEgn-joB1ufXMobtUA

Spend one minute with Nadine Mankoto, nurse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who talks about why she became a health worker and the challenge of working in her current setting. CapacityPlus's Rachel Deussom interviewed her during a trip to DRC. Visit www.capacityplus.org/imahealthworker to learn more.

"I'm a Health Worker": Beryl Karikari https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEUWT2P1WIs&index=6&list=FL0GQVBEgn-joB1ufXMobtUA

Spend one minute with Beryl Karikari, a senior health officer in Ghana, who tells a story about a patient with life-threatening snakebites and shares some of the challenges she faces. CapacityPlus's Brooke Buchanan interviewed her during a trip to Ghana. Visit www.capacityplus.org/imahealthworker to learn more.

"I'm a Health Worker": Kingsley Chima Anwuacha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlLCIrSbpig&index=7&list=FL0GQVBEgn-joB1ufXMobtUA

Spend one minute with Kingsley Chima Anwuacha, HR information systems supervisor in Nigeria, who talks about the challenge of protecting the public from unqualified providers and shares an experience that helped him do his job better. CapacityPlus's Amanda Puckett interviewed him during a trip to Nigeria. Visit www.capacityplus.org/imahealthworker to learn more.

"I'm a Health Worker": Maguy Kuelekea Bamurondé https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSCpH5GzvOM&index=8&list=FL0GQVBEgn-joB1ufXMobtUA

Spend one minute with Maguy Kuelekea Bamurondé, nurse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who shares why she became a health worker and what she likes most about her job. CapacityPlus's Rachel Deussom interviewed her during a trip to DRC. Visit www.capacityplus.org/imahealthworker to learn more.

"I'm a Health Worker": Maureen Kanyiginya https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tfrnQ6VVTE&index=9&list=FL0GQVBEgn-joB1ufXMobtUA

Spend one minute with Maureen Kanyiginya, who shares what she loves about being a midwife and what makes her job so challenging. CapacityPlus's Wanda Jaskiewicz interviewed her during a trip to Uganda. Visit www.capacityplus.org/imahealthworker to learn more.

"I'm a Health Worker": Thierry Luzayano https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ6c7HWMy7w&index=10&list=FL0GQVBEgn-joB1ufXMobtUA

Spend one minute with Thierry Luzayano, nurse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who relates what it's like to work with people living with HIV, and how he's helping them. CapacityPlus's Rachel Deussom interviewed her during a trip to DRC. Visit www.capacityplus.org/imahealthworker to learn more.

"I'm a Health Worker": Raissa Tshindibo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OrYZ37Zj2w&index=11&list=FL0GQVBEgn-joB1ufXMobtUA

Spend one minute with Raissa Tshindibo, a resuscitation unit nurse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who shares why she became a health worker and what she likes best about her job. CapacityPlus's Rachel Deussom interviewed her during a trip to DRC. Visit www.capacityplus.org/imahealthworker to learn more.

"I'm a Health Worker": Rosa Lara de Forela https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOdqxn9h6p8

Spend one minute with Rosa Lara de Forela, subdirector of nursing in Guatemala, and find out why she's so passionate about being a health worker. CapacityPlus's Amanda Puckett interviewed her during a trip to Guatemala. Visit www.capacityplus.org/imahealthworker to learn more.

"I'm a Health Worker": Oteng Gaopatwe  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clbjud94ipI

Spend one minute with Oteng Gaopatwe, a nurse at Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital in Francistown, Botswana, who talks about why he became a health worker and what would help him save even more lives. CapacityPlus’s Alex Collins interviewed him in Botswana during a trip to contribute to the human resources information systems work with the Ministry of Health and other partners.

"I'm a Health Worker": Eno Biney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGnWRcdTGZQ

Spend one minute with Dr. Eno Biney, an emergency specialist at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana. She shares why she chose this specialty to help save people's lives, and how she saved a woman's life just the day before. CapacityPlus's Carol Bales and Gracey Vaughn interviewed Eno at her workplace. Visit www.capacityplus.org/imahealthworker to learn more.

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