April 7, 2017

17 Stories of Health Workers on the Front Lines of Care

Written by Editorial Team at IntraHealth International

This article originally appeared on Vital from IntraHealth. Reposted with permission.

This is our favorite time of year.*

It’s World Health Worker Week, when all eyes are on the nurses, midwives, physicians, and other health workers we rely on throughout our lives.

Well, not all eyes.

Most people don’t realize there’s a global shortage of 18 million health workers on the way. Or that the 20 countries with the highest child mortality rates are also those with the most severe health worker shortages. Or that right now, 70% of countries are unprepared to handle infectious disease outbreaks, largely because of weak health systems and a shortage of lifesaving personnel.

Fortunately, our eyes are on health workers.

Health workers are real people, helping other real people. Their stories are complicated, frustrating, and inspiring. And we love sharing them.

Help us celebrate health workers and the people they help by reading their stories—we’ve gathered 17 of our favorites here in honor of World Health Worker Week 2017. Take a look at what health care looks like through their eyes.

Then make sure your members of Congress know that health workers count—and why.