A week for championing health workers
Today is the first day of the very first World Health Worker Week!
Around the world people are taking action to celebrate the work that health workers do and to raise awareness of the challenges they face every day.
It is also an opportunity to fill in the gaps in the health workforce by calling on those in power to ensure that health workers everywhere have the training, supplies, pay and support they need to do their jobs effectively.
Celebrating health workers around the world
To mark this special week, I am going to post a few blogs that celebrate some inspiring health workers that Save the Children has been working with.
To kick off, I want to highlight some fantastic British health workers who not only care about people’s health here, but in the poorest parts of the world too.
Twelve health workers from across the UK have recently joined with Save the Children to campaign on health and child survival. They are helping us to ensure that more children have access to a health worker and that all health workers have all the support they need.
The power of firsthand experience
On visits to Liberia and India they had the chance to see first-hand what it is like to be a health worker in countries with severe staff shortages and less money invested in healthcare. Watch midwife Claire’s report of our recent trip to India.
Already, our team of super health worker advocates have been busy sharing their experiences and recruiting more supporters – they have been blogging, generating media, hosting health workers from Liberia, meeting with their MPs and even appearing on TV.
So, to mark World Health Worker week, we want to start by saying a big thank you to Anjum, Beth, Charlie, Claire, Eleanor, Gaylor, Harry, Julia, Kath, Margaret, Matt and Natalie!
If you are a health worker and are interested in getting involved with our campaign, please contact Lev Taylor.