Health workers are at risk. Bombings destroyed a MSF hospital in Kunduz, claiming the lives of 9 staff. Every year, 1,000 health workers die serving on the frontlines. Ebola demonstrated the perils of not investing in health.
Health workers were seen as a cost for decades by short-sighted financial reforms. As a consequence, training and recognition are substandard in many places of the world.
By 2030, the SDGs time horizon, WHO will roll aout a Global Strategy on human resources for health to help countries improve and protect their health workforce.
Health workers are crucial to
- rolling back malaria, AIDS, and other diseases
- improving maternal health and nutrition
- ensuring access to reproductive health and family planning
- fight under-5 mortality
- sustain economic growth and minimize poverty
- ensure long-time stability in post-conflict contexts.