by Sarah Whitmarsh, Communications Specialist
June 15, 2012
URC recently joined the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, an advocacy group whose mission supports the development of skilled and motivated midwives, health extension workers, clinical officers, and community health workers. These frontline health workers are the first—and often the only—link to health care for millions of people in developing countries. The coalition advocates for greater and more strategic U.S. investment in these health workers as one of the most cost-effective ways to save lives and improve global health.
Frontline health workers play a critical role in preventing mothers and newborn mortality; combating such diseases as malaria, HIV, and TB; identifying conditions that require higher levels of care; and providing a link to referral care. The World Health Organization estimates the global shortage of these workers to be at least three and a half million.
Supporting Frontline Health Workers
Through the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI), URC supports systems to strengthen the frontline health workforce through: