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Childbirth should be miraculous, not deadly, a colleague once said. Skilled health workers like Touré save lives, yet access to them remains difficult or impossible for millions of people. According to the WHO, there is a global shortage of at least one million frontline health workers.
That’s why we’re proud to be part of a new coalition urging US leadership and investment in frontline health workers. The Frontline Health Workers Coalition includes 15 major global health organizations—including IntraHealth International, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Save the Children—who are calling on the US government to train and support an additional 250,000 new frontline health workers.
Touré’s ability to meet the critical needs of the mothers who rely on her for safely delivering their children can be the difference between a death and a miracle. Increasing the number of frontline health workers like her is a “best buy”—the most cost-effective way to save lives, improve the health of communities, and advance US economic and strategic interests. It can cost as little as $300 to train a frontline health worker in crucial lifesaving skills.
And US leadership makes good sense.Investing in frontline health workers in developing countries can advance US strategic interests by building more stable, prosperous communities in developing countries.
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