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Second Annual REAL Awards announced by Save the Children and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition Recognize Extraordinary Health Workers in the U.S. and Around the World

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LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif.  (Jan. 13, 2014) — The same night Hollywood conferred honors to television and movie stars at the Golden Globes, just 70 miles away the second annual REAL Awards honorees were announced at the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit hosted by the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare. The winners—who hail from around the U.S. and 12 other countries—were recognized for their extraordinary service in saving lives and providing critical health services. Two of the honorees—a public health officer from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga., and a doctor from Haiti—attended in person to participate in the announcement on behalf of their fellow winners.

The second annual REAL Awards honorees were announced Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif., hosted by the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare. Courtesy Save the Children.

The second annual REAL Awards honorees were announced Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif., hosted by the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare. Courtesy Save the Children.

“During Hollywood’s awards season, our attention tends to focus on honoring entertainers,” said Mary Beth Powers, chief of the newborn and child survival campaign at Save the Children and chair of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition. “This awards program puts a new twist on celebrity. It gives the public a chance to celebrate people who really make a difference —the committed health workers on the frontlines of care.”

“Masimo Foundation is delighted to honor the work of dedicated health professionals globally, and here in the United States who strive to deliver the highest and safest quality care,” said Joe Kiani, Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Masimo Corporation, one of the awards’ presenting sponsors. “Oftentimes, they do not receive the level of recognition they deserve and we are proud to support the REAL Awards effort to tell their stories.”

The REAL Awards, created by Save the Children in partnership with the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, is a first-of-its-kind global awards program designed to develop greater respect and appreciation for health workers and the lifesaving care they provide in the United States and around the world.

The public can read the inspirational stories of the international and domestic REAL Awards honorees at www.theREALawards.com.

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in more than 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The Frontline Health Workers Coalition is an alliance of more than 35 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. Follow us @FHWCoalition on Twitter and on Facebook.

The Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare is a U.S.-based, private charitable foundation that is focused on improving patient care, preserving patient dignity and reducing cost of care, through philanthropic programs and research initiatives that foster an environment of aligned incentives, highest level of ethics for those who take part in the care of patients, and healthy and honest competition.

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RECIFE, Brazil, November 11, 2013 – The Frontline Health Workers Coalition (FHWC) commends the World Health Organization, the Global Health Workforce Alliance and contributors to the “A Universal Truth: No Health Without a Workforce Report” and calls upon world leaders to focus on inclusion of frontline health workers in the formal health system as a central mechanism for addressing current and future deficits of health workers worldwide.

The report – presented today at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources For Health in Recife, Brazil – finds that the world needs at least 7.2 million more doctors, nurses and midwives than it currently has to provide essential health services – projecting forward to a deficit of 12.9 million health workers by 2035. Eighty-three countries fall below the lowest threshold of doctors, nurses and midwives needed to provide basic health services (23 per 10,000 population). The report does not include estimated counts and gaps in the number of community health workers and others on the frontlines of care in developing countries.

“This report lays out a stark human resources challenge for the global health community to face with less than 1,000 days until the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and post-2015 planning underway,” FHWC Director Mandy Folse said. “Yet, several countries such as Ethiopia, Malawi and Nepal have recently demonstrated that a focused effort on training, supporting and integrating a cadre of community-based health workers into the formal health system delivers dramatic results in saving lives and improving health.”

In Ethiopia, the Health Extension Program launched in 2003 has trained and supported more than 34,000 government-salaried women frontline health workers in communities throughout the country. The country’s health minister, Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu – speaking to the Guardian in reaction to the recent announcement of Ethiopia’s early achievement of its MDG target on slashing child deaths – said these frontline workers are the key drivers for Ethiopia’s 67% reduction in child mortality since 1990. In Nepal, a well-established cadre of 50,000 female community health volunteers has helped overcome a continued deficit of doctors, nurses and midwives to nearly halve maternal mortality and slash the child death rate by 64% from 1990 to 2008.

Malawi – whose President Joyce Banda in September announced the country is expanding its frontline health workforce from 10,000 to 27,000 by 2015 – already has seen its child mortality rate cut by more than half since 1990.

However, despite the growing evidence that inclusion of frontline health workers in health workforce strengthening efforts are a crucial component to global health progress, there is not data to ascertain an accurate accounting and impact of frontline health workers in many countries.

“For far too long community health workers have not been counted, supported or celebrated,” said FHWC Chair Mary Beth Powers, Newborn and Child Survival Campaign Chief at Save the Children. “The doctor, nurse and midwife deficit as outlined in the report points out the need to supplement the health workforce with new skilled cadres of workers, ideally located closer to the communities in need. But without even having a good estimate of how many community health workers are out there, we really don’t know the number of communities without access to the basic health care that they can provide.”

FHWC commends the leadership efforts at the Third Global Forum by representatives of the United States government and other countries to address the global health workforce crisis with a particular focus on addressing the need for more skilled and better supported frontline health workers. We strongly urge inclusion of the inputs of non-state actors – including health workers themselves, civil society organizations and private sector businesses – in ongoing strategic discussions.

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.

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The REAL Awards http://www.therealawards.com/ was created to celebrate the work of a truly deserving group of people; health workers who are saving lives every day around the world. For some of us, health workers are available close to home, whenever we need them, but for many others, they are a scarce and distant resource. However, we all benefit from their extraordinary dedication to keeping our families and communities healthy.

The REAL Awards is your opportunity to honor a health worker who has inspired you. Nominate someone today, then spread the word about their lifesaving work by sharing their inspiring stories with your social networks. Deadline: Friday, October 25.

Nominate health workers outside of the United States

Nominate United States-based health workers

 

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June 25, 2013 — Impatient Optimists (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Blog)

Getting a Bigger Bang for Our Global Health Bucks With Front-Line Workers
June 13, 2013 — Roll Call

HWAI calls on the G8 to step up efforts to strengthen health workforces
June 13, 2013 — Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative 

Maximizing US global health investments: Investing in the frontline
April 29, 2013 – ONE Blog

A Growing Movement to Solve the Frontline Health Workforce Crises
April 18, 2013 – Impatient Optimists (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Blog)

U.S. Investments in Foreign Aid Provide a Healthy Return
March 4, 2013 – USAID IMPACT Blog

Awards Season First: REAL health worker heroes awarded national honors
January 15, 2013 — Save the Children and Frontline Health Workers Coalition

Statement of Safeguarding Health in Conflict coalition condemning attacks on health workers in Pakistan
December 19, 2012 — Safeguarding Health in Conflict coalition

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December 6, 2012Science Speaks: HIV & TB News

Frontline Health Workers Coalition Statement on GHI Principle Paper on Health Systems Strengthening
Oct 26, 2012 — Frontline Health Workers Coalition

New Grant Will Allow Greater U.S. Investment in the Developing World’s Frontline Health Workers
Oct 24, 2012 — Frontline Health Workers Coalition

Join the Leading Voices in Healthcare Technology at the Intel Virtual Health Summit
October 5, 2012 — Frontline Health Workers Coalition

How Frontline Health Workers Are Saving the Lives of Women and Children
October 3, 2012 — Frontline Health Workers Coalition

Supporting the World’s Frontline Health Workers
October 2, 2012 — Deerfield Patch

Frontline health workers WORK. So let’s train more!
August 1, 2012 — ONE Campaign 

U.S. Government Urged to Create Health Workforce Strategy
June 21, 2012 — Frontline Health Workers Coalition

The World Needs More Health-care Workers — Millions More
June 19, 2012 — The Week

mPowering Frontline Health Workers
June 14, 2012 — mHealth Alliance/ Frontline Health Workers Coalition

Mandy Moore Fights for Global Health
June 11 2012 — CNN

Children’s Saviors on the Front Lines
May/June — USAID Frontlines 

The Unsung Heroes of African Health Systems
May 18 2012 — Huffington Post

Frontline Health Workers Save Lives
May 15 2012 — Huffington Post

Children’s Saviors on the Front Lines
May 2012 — USAID

To the Front of the Line: One Million Health Workers Needed
January 13, 2012 — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Frontline Health Workers Coalition Launched, Calls for Strategic Investment in Developing Countries
January 13, 2012 — Abt Associates

Frontline Health Workers: Best Investment for a Healthier World
January 12, 2012 — Healthy Newborn Network

The Launch of a New Coalition Highlights the Critical Role of Health Workers
January 12, 2012 — Save the Children/Good Goes

Investing in Frontline Health Workers Effective in Saving Lives of Mothers, Children
January 12, 2012 — For-My-Kids

One Goal: One Million
January 12, 2012 — Duncan Learmouth, SVP, GSK Developing Countries Market Access

Impatient Blogger’s News of the Day: Haiti, Health on the Frontlines, and College Students
January 12, 2012 — Impatient Optimists (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Blog)

Coalition Launches, Calls for US Leadership and Investment in Frontline Health Workers
January 12, 2012 — IntraHealth

15 Major Global Health Organizations form Frontline Health Workers Coalition
January 11, 2012 — GAPPS

Investing in Frontline Health Workers Effective in Saving Lives of Mothers
January 11, 2012 — Ethiosun

Frontline Health Workers: The Best Way to Save Lives, Accelerate Progress on Global Health, and Help Advance U.S. Interests
January 11, 2012 — Frontline Health Workers Coalition

New Coalition Calls for U.S. Investment in Frontline Health Workers
January 11, 2012 — PIH

Where There Are No Doctors, Who Can Deliver Health?
January 11, 2012 — Huffington Post

Frontline Health Workers Coalition Launches in D.C.
January 11, 2012 — RESULTS

Investing In Frontline Health Workers Effective In Saving Lives Of Mothers, Children
January 11, 2012 — Ninatobic’s Posterous

New Coalition Promotes Investment in Health Workers
January 11, 2012 — My Black Austin

Promoting Frontline Health Workers Helps in Disease Prevention
January 11, 2012 — Public Health Institute

Why Invest in Frontline Health Workers. Why Now.
January 11, 2012 — PSI

New Coalition Promotes Investment in Health Workers
January 11, 2012 — Voice of America

“Best Buy” for Saving Lives: New Coalition Urges US Government to Invest in Frontline Health Workers
January 11, 2012 — IntraHealth

The Best Way to Save Lives? Invest in Frontline Health Workers!
January 11, 2012 — Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP)

Global Health Organizations Urge U.S. Government to focus on Frontline Health Workers
January 11, 2012 — Grant Pros

Press Release: 15 Major Global Health Organizations Urge U.S. Government to Focus on Frontline Health Workers as “Best Buy” to Save Lives and Accelerate Progress on Global Health Threats
January 11, 2012 — Frontline Health Workers Coalition

Yes, They Do Make House Calls
January 11, 2012 — Global Health Magazine

New Coalition Promotes Investment in Health Workers
January 11, 2012 — Voice of America, Africa News Tonight

Frontline Health Workers Coalition Launches Initiative To Add 1M Health Care Workers In Developing Countries
January 11, 2012 — Kaiser Family Foundation

New Coalition Calls For New Investment In Global Health
January 11, 2012 — Care2

Global Health Organizations Urge U.S. Government to Focus on Frontline Health Workers
January 11, 2012 — Philanthropy News Digest

New Coalition Promotes Investment in Health Workers
January 11, 2012 — Humanitarian News

Frontline Health Workers Coalition Launches Initiative To Add 1M Health Care Workers In Developing Countries
January 11, 2012 — News Medical

Weekly News Roundup
January 11, 2012 — Center for Market Health Innovations

Global Health Orgs Call for Frontline Health Workers
January 11, 2012 — Tia Foundation

A New Day for Frontline Health Workers
January 10, 2012 — AMREF

Launch of the Frontline Healthcare Workers Coalition
January 10, 2012 — DipNote

Launch of the Frontline Healthcare Workers Coalition
January 10, 2012 — Hillary Clinton’s State Department Office

Midwife and White Ribbon Alliance Member Robin Lim Named CNN Hero of the Year
December 11, 2011 — White Ribbon Alliance

Progress Patchy on Health-worker Crisis
February 5, 2011 — The Lancet