World Health Worker Week

Sister Mbambazi Assumpta examines Gladys Namusisi at the Saving Mothers Giving Life-supported Kakumiro Health Center, Uganda. Credit: Amy Fowler/USAID
Sister Mbambazi Assumpta examines Gladys Namusisi at the Saving Mothers Giving Life-supported Kakumiro Health Center, Uganda.
Photo credit: Amy Fowler/USAID

Health workers serve a critical role keeping communities healthy. They educate, treat, heal and sometimes comfort us through difficult times. This World Health Worker Week, April 1–7, 2018, USAID celebrates the lasting impact health workers make around the world.

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From community health workers in remote rural villages to doctors and health managers in urban hospitals and beyond, a country’s health workforce is the primary link to the health system for individuals, families and communities. A capable health workforce is critical to advancing and sustaining achievements in global health, including efforts to control the HIV/AIDS epidemic, prevent child and maternal deaths and combat infectious disease threats.

There is a projected shortage of 18 million health workers needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in low- and lower middle-income countries by 2030. The Agency is working with countries to address this shortage by supporting institutions to develop new health workers, helping health systems managers to deploy workers where needed, and supporting existing health workers with the tools and resources they need to do their jobs. Over the last decade, the Agency has been at the forefront of supporting the health workforce.

The Agency works to advance global human resources for health priorities by combining the disciplines of economic growth, education and health, with the ability to engage the private sector to find solutions that improve recruitment, training, motivation and retention of the health workforce.

Join the Agency in recognizing the dedicated individuals who make our global health efforts possible.

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Last updated: April 09, 2018

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