World Health Worker Week is an opportunity to mobilize communities, partners, and policy makers in support of your community’s health workers. It is a time to celebrate the amazing work that they do and raise awareness of the challenges that they face every day. Perhaps most importantly, it is an opportunity to fill the gaps in the health workforce by calling on those in power to ensure that health workers have the training, supplies, and support they need to do their jobs effectively.

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WHWW 2015 poster

EBOLA AND FRONTLINE HEALTH WORKERS: Click here to read our collection of top-line Ebola-related content, read our policy recommendations, and view our costing study estimating the cost of scaling up the health workforce in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. 

FRONTLINE HEALTH WORKERS’ LIFE-SAVING POTENTIAL

Frontline health workers are those directly providing services where they are most needed, especially in remote and rural areas. They are the first and often only link to essential health services for millions in developing countries. Many are community health workers and midwives, though they can also include local pharmacists, nurses and doctors who serve in community clinics. Properly trained and supported frontline health workers hold the potential to save millions of lives. Read more →

Why the Coalition?

The Frontline Health Workers Coalition is an alliance of United States-based organizations working together to urge greater and more strategic U.S. investment in frontline health workers in developing countries as a cost-effective way to save lives and foster a healthier, safer and more prosperous world. Read more →

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported frontline health worker Ozara Husseini (left) talks to Najiba, who has five children, about the advantages of family planning and Najiba's decisions to start taking the pill at their home in Katasank near Bamyan, Afghanistan, on the June 8, 2010. Courtesy Kate Holt/Jhpiego.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported frontline health worker Ozara Husseini (left) talks to Najiba, who has five children, about the advantages of family planning and Najiba’s decisions to start taking the pill at their home in Katasank near Bamyan, Afghanistan, on the June 8, 2010. Courtesy Kate Holt/Jhpiego.

“If more leaders work together to deploy more frontline health workers, more women and children will survive. But they also should ensure better support for those already on the frontlines – health workers who sometimes lack the information, skills, equipment and supplies they need to save more lives.”
Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation