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World Health Worker Week 2021

For World Health Worker Week, April 5 – 9, 2021, let's call on policymakers to listen to health workers and then act for them. Health workers know best what they need to be safer, healthier, and more prepared to end the COVID-19 pandemic, prevent future disease outbreaks, and ensure access to essential services for their communities. 

Join the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, the World Health Organization, and partners to amplify the voices of frontline health workers and their recommendations throughout the week and beyond. Together we'll urge the US government—as well as other countries and donors—to take specific actions like below to better support and protect health workers right now and post-pandemic. 

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Participate in World Health Worker Week 

  • Add your voice to the #WHWWeek conversation. Use our World Health Worker Week Guide with key online activities, messages, graphics, and suggested social posts.

  • Join our #ApplauseIsNotEnough video campaign. We’re teaming up with USAID's HRH2030 Program and others to ask health workers to tell us what they need, beyond the applause, to do the job. It’s easy to take part: read our short guidance and upload a video! We’ll share on social media starting April 5 and include health workers' asks in our future policy recommendations.

  • Register for the Nurses for Gender Equality & Decent Work Learning Session on Tuesday, April 6, 8 – 10 am ET. Listen to nurses share examples of advocacy that works for them, and learn about tools and skills to help nurses effectively advocate. Follow #NursesTogether.

  • Join us for the SwitchPoint Essential event on April 7 from 8 - 10 am ET. Back by popular demand this event turns the virtual stage over to essential workers from throughout the health care industry in Africa, including cleaners, community health workers, nurses, drivers, advocates, and more. An expert panel looks to the essentials of the future. Learn more and register here.

  • Nurses: Send a letter to your Minister of Health on April 7, World Health Day. Nursing Now is encouraging its network and all nurses to get involved in this global moment of advocacy. Send this letter to your minister around midday (whatever time that is for you), and share your activity on social media tagging @NursingNow2020 and #NursesTogether. 

  • Sign up for our Public Briefing for Congress on Thursday, April 8, 11:30 am ET.  Learn about the essential role frontline health workers play in global health security and what the US can do to strengthen health systems and get these workers the support they deserve.

  • Share our updated Policy Recommendations for Sustainable Health Workforce Teams with your policymakers. 

  • Apply to be a Regional Advisor for our Frontline Health Workers Coalition. The Coalition is adding four new Regional Advisors to our Steering Committee—ideally practicing health workers—from low- and middle-income countries to provide input on our workplan, communications, and policy recommendations. See the application here and submit by April 16, 2021.

  • Nominate a health worker (or yourself) for our Recommended Frontline Health Worker Speakers list. Do you know an outstanding health worker with a story to share? Are you an outstanding health worker? Tell us, we're listening, in this nomination form.

We'll add more World Health Worker Week activities and intiatives soon. 

Act for health workers

World Health Worker Week is only a few days, but we can take action and make a difference year round. That's especially true this year, which the WHO declared as the International Year of Health and Care Workers.

Throughout 2021, the Frontline Health Workers Coalition is partnering with our members Seed Global Health, the G4 Alliance, IntraHealth International, and Smile Train on the Act for Health Workers campaign. Visit the site to learn more and sign up to get updates on steps to strengthen the health workforce. Follow #ActForHealthWorkers.