World Health Worker Week

A medical technician talks about treatment with a patient.
Photo credit: Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation–Malawi/Robbie Flick

April 2–8, 2017, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrates World Health Worker Week to recognize the lasting impact health workers make around the world.

Health workers serve a critical role at the frontline of disease detection and control. From volunteer community health workers in remote rural villages to doctors and health managers in urban hospitals, the health workforce is the primary link to the health system for individuals, families and communities around the world. Yet, 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.

As the world becomes increasingly connected and diseases easily cross borders, we must ensure that health workers are able to address evolving population health needs and emerging epidemics in their countries and regions, while continuing to deliver essential healthcare services. USAID is working with countries to address this gap by strengthening their existing health workforce through better training and processes, while identifying the skills and locations where health workers are needed most.

Over the last decade, USAID has been at the forefront of supporting the health workforce. Through the Human Resources for Health 2030 (HRH2030) program, USAID leads implementation of the global strategy, reaching across the development sectors of economic growth and education to find solutions to health workforce challenges such as recruitment, training, productivity, performance, motivation, and retention.

By building country ownership and local capacity, USAID works in partnership with countries around the globe to help local governments drive and lead the strengthening of their own health systems, so they are efficient, resilient and sustainable. Strong health systems and competent health workforces are a necessary step toward achieving global health goals in the coming decades.

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

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Last updated: March 21, 2017

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