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Women on the Frontlines of Health Service Delivery

AIHA recently asked some of the frontline health workers trained through their projects to tell us about their work. In honor of World Health Worker Week 2018, we’re pleased to shine a spotlight on these women and the critical health services they provide to their communities.

The Health Heroes of Uganda

Every day on the front lines of care, health workers – the majority of them women – answer a calling to provide the care their patients need to live life to the fullest. Without their tireless work at the local level, global progress to save lives and build healthy nations would not be possible.

Health Workers: Living at the Intersection of Health, Climate, and Global Security

This World Health Worker Week, it’s important to focus on the role of health workers in strengthening global security and creating a safer world – and how necessary that role is as we look toward the future.

Meeting the women who are changing their world

Masuda, Shankori and Shilpi are women who are changing their world. They are entrepreneurial midwives that I met in Sunamganj, Bangladesh. They are improving health access in one of the most remote districts but where maternal and under-5 mortality rates have fallen dramatically in only a few years. These powerful women are also generating more income for their families and changing social norms.

In Ethiopia, Health Extension Workers Are Learning Skills That Save Lives

Nationally, roughly 70% of deliveries in Ethiopia occur at home, and interventions such as prenatal and postnatal care are underutilized. MCSP is combating this through competency-based trainings that stress early identification of pregnancies and follow-up through the delivery and the postnatal periods.

Nurses are fighting on the front lines in Lesotho—without proper autonomy

Nurses in Lesotho run the show. But they have little power to give their patients the care they require.

Our 2030 Vision for the Health Workforce

The USAID HRH2030 program celebrates current and future health workers this World Health Worker Week . Now is the opportunity to make strategic health workforce investments. We cannot achieve better health without them.

Social Welfare Workers Bridge Gaps in HIV Care at the Grassroots Level in Tanzania

Social welfare workers such as Pruden Furaha have emerged as critical frontline caregivers working at the community level to provide a safety net for people living with or at risk of contracting HIV in Tanzania.

Empowering Women in the Health Workforce for Economic and Social Growth

If investment in health employment was truly proportionate to its impact, and wasn’t bound by the gender of its workers, it would be transformative.

Women, the driving force behind progress in the fight against NTDs

NTDs affect more than 1 billion people worldwide. These disabling and debilitating diseases thrive in the world’s poorest communities, especially those without access to improved sanitation and hygiene, areas which often have limited access to trained and supported health workers.