What is World Health Worker Week?

World Health Worker Week is an opportunity to mobilize communities, partners, and policy makers in support of health workers in your community and around the world. It is a time to celebrate the amazing work that they do and it is a time to raise awareness to the challenges they face every day. Perhaps most importantly, it is an opportunity to fill in the gaps in the health workforce by calling those in power to ensure that health workers have the training, supplies and support they need to do their jobs effectively.

Why do #HealthWorkersCount?

They are caretakers. They are educators. They are your neighbors, friends, and family. Without them, there would be no health services for millions of families worldwide.

Frontline health workers are midwives, community health workers, pharmacists, peer counselors, nurses and doctors working at community level as the first point of care for communities. They are the backbone of effective health systems and often come from the very communities they serve.

They are the first and often the only link to health care for millions of people. Frontline health workers provide immunizations and treat common infections. They are on the frontlines of battling deadly diseases diseases like Ebola and HIV/AIDS, and many families rely on them as trusted sources of information for preventing, treating and managing a variety of leading killers including diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria and tuberculosis.

How can I get involved?

Honor health workers in your community (or communities you work in) by sharing their story. Participate in our ‘#HealthWorkersCount because…’ campaign. Download our template or make your own, but share your reasons using the hashtags #WHWWeek and #HealthWorkersCount. 

On April 3, 2018, from 10:00-10:30am ET, join our Twitte chat to amplify health worker voices for policy change. Let's explore how health worker voices, advocacy, and policy merge; highlight examples of how health workers are already using their voices and stories to influence health policy; discuss challenges and solutions to more meaningful inclusion of health worker voices in policy/advocacy; and generate ideas for empowering more health workers to be effective advocates.

Download our engagement toolkit in partnership with the Global Health Workforce Network and IntraHealth International, to encourage global participation during World Health Worker Week.

Organize events, local advocacy campaigns and other activities calling global leaders to prioritize health workforce strengthening.

Tune in for live coverage of Health Heroes +SocialGood! Join the conversation with Frontline Health Workers Coalition, Plus SocialGood and Johnson & Johnson on April 5th at 9am EST during World Health Worker Week. RSVP here to attend in person in Washington, D.C.

Take action for health workers

World Health Worker Week is only seven days, but you can take action and make a difference year round. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get updates of our activities, news and ways to get involved.