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On the Hill to Advocate for and Honor Health Workers

Members of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition advocating on Capitol Hill. Left to right: Amanda Medlock of World Vision; Brittany Evans of IntraHealth International; Vince Blaser, director of the FHWC and senior policy and advocacy advisor at IntraHealth; Munashe Nykia, nurse and nursing advocate from Zimbabwe and NursingNow board member; and Carol Bales of IntraHealth. Photo courtesy of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition.

Members of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition advocating on Capitol Hill. Left to right: Amanda Medlock of World Vision; Brittany Evans of IntraHealth International; Vince Blaser, director of the FHWC and senior policy and advocacy advisor at IntraHealth; Munashe Nykia, nurse and nursing advocate from Zimbabwe and NursingNow board member; and Carol Bales of IntraHealth. Photo courtesy of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition.


World Health Worker Week was a time to educate lawmakers on the tremendous impact of frontline health workers.


During World Health Worker Week 2019, frontline health workers and members of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition (FHWC) took to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, to educate lawmakers and their staff on the tremendous impact frontline health workers have in their communities and to advocate for greater and more strategic investment in frontline health worker teams around the world to meet global health targets.

Investment in frontline health workers—particularly in low- and middle-income countries with the least access to essential health services—can save more lives, jumpstart economic growth (especially among women) and ensure global health security. It’s a win-win-win.

Nursing has given me opportunity to connect with my community, see challenges, and advocate for health.

FHWC members and frontline health workers and advocates held meetings with nine US congressional offices—sharing our recommendations for US Congress on frontline health workers in the Global Health Council’s new Guide to US Investments in Global Health.

FHWC advocates for policymakers to hear directly from and listen to the voices of frontline health workers from around the world. Munashe Nykia shared with lawmakers and staff his experiences working as a nurse in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Read the full post on the Frontline Health Workers Coalition blog.

IntraHealth International serves as the secretariat for the Frontline Health Workers Coalition.