Best Investment for a Healthier World


The COVID-19 pandemic and other global emergencies show us once again the heroic efforts health workers on the front lines make every day to keep their communities—and the world—safe and healthy.

The Frontline Health Workers Coalition, the World Health Organization, and the global community honored and advocated for these "Leaders on the Line"* during World Health Worker Week, April 5-11, 2020. Now our collective advocacy must continue. Here are five actions we can all take to support and protect frontline health workersevery country's first line in detecting, reporting, and responding to emerging threats like COVID-19.

Five actions to take beyond World Health Worker Week 2020:

  1. .Honor and thank health workers. Encourage policymakers to listen to them. There's still time to take part in our #WHWWeek Video Campaign through April. Tell us why health workers are Leaders on the Line and  how to better support them: We are especially calling for more testimonidals from frontline health workers, advocates, and global health leaders. 
  2. Share our FHWC' Recommendations to Policymakers on COVID-19. Tell policymakers not to restrict procurement of personal protective equipment and other supplies needed by frontline health workers in low- and middle-income countries and address other issues critical to health worker's safety and support.
  3. In the US, call your member of the House of Representatives to support House Resolution 467 recognizing frontline health workers impact in saving lives and battling global health threats.
  4. Worldwide, donate and ask your governments to support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the Working for Health Multipartner Trust Fund.
  5. Follow @FHWCoalition and #HealthWorkersCount for more actions to support frontline health workers.

*Our World Health Worker Week 2020 theme was Leaders on the Line, highlighting the need to provide greater leadership opportunities for frontline health workers—particularly women health workers, who make up more than 70% of the global health workforce. At the same time, Leaders on the Line emphasizes how health workers often put themselves on the line, often at great personal risk to themselves and their families, to save and improve lives.