Making the Case for U.S. Investments in Health Workforce

This guest post was provided by GHC member, Frontline Health Workers Coalition.
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In an early kick-off to World Health Worker Week (April 2-8), the Frontline Health Workers Coalition (FHWC), Abt Associates, and IntraHealth International sponsored a congressional briefing in coordination with Congresswoman Nita Lowey on March 29. At the briefing, field leaders highlighted the tremendous humanitarian, security, and economic return on U.S investments in U.S. government-supported programs to strengthen the frontline health workforce in Guinea, Afghanistan, Mali, Kenya, and elsewhere.
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Leaders from WHO and the International Labour Organization delivered a promising message of a unifying movement under the High-Level Commission on Health Employment & Economic Growth for country- and regional-led action plans for the investments needed to ensure a fit-for-purpose workforce to save lives, ensure security, address gender quality, and create millions of jobs.

In a powerful speech, community health worker Maria Valenzuela told her story of overcoming poverty and family troubles, which inspired her to work to educate and empower vulnerable communities on healthy practices in Arizona. Maria’s story underscored the universal power of frontline health workers around the world. The speakers then met with several prominent congressional offices to advocate for U.S. leadership in investment in global health and the frontline health workforce.

GHC’s Frontline Health Workers brief in the latest Global Health Briefing Book builds the case for investments in frontline health workers, and offers key recommendations for Congress and the new administration to sustain U.S.-led efforts to push forward Workforce 2030. View the brief and visit FHWC’s WHWW portal for more information on World Health Worker Week.