FRONTLINE HEALTH WORKERS’ LIFE-SAVING POTENTIAL

Frontline health workers are those directly providing services where they are most needed, especially in remote and rural areas. They are the first and often only link to essential health services for millions in developing countries. Many are community health workers and midwives, though they can also include local pharmacists, nurses and doctors who serve in community clinics. Properly trained and supported frontline health workers hold the potential to save millions of lives. Read more →

Bipartisan US House Resolution 342 recognizes the “essential contributions of frontline health workers to strengthening the United States national security and economic prosperity, sustaining and expanding progress on global health, and saving the lives of millions of women, men, and children around the world” Read more →

World Health Worker Week 2017: Click here to read about advocates’ worldwide recognizing the impact of frontline health workers on global health progress and calling for action for greater support of their efforts.

Frontline Health Workers Halt Ebola’s Spread: Click here to read about frontline health workers’ heroic efforts to end the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2015 in West Africa.

Why the Coalition?

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 low- and middle-income countries as a cost-effective way to save lives and foster a healthier, safer and more prosperous world. Read more →

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported frontline health worker Ozara Husseini (left) talks to Najiba, who has five children, about the advantages of family planning and Najiba's decisions to start taking the pill at their home in Katasank near Bamyan, Afghanistan, on the June 8, 2010. Courtesy Kate Holt/Jhpiego.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported frontline health worker Ozara Husseini (left) talks to Najiba, who has five children, about the advantages of family planning and Najiba’s decisions to start taking the pill at their home in Katasank near Bamyan, Afghanistan, on the June 8, 2010. Courtesy Kate Holt/Jhpiego.

“If more leaders work together to deploy more frontline health workers, more women and children will survive. But they also should ensure better support for those already on the frontlines – health workers who sometimes lack the information, skills, equipment and supplies they need to save more lives.”
Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation