Join Save the Children in celebrating health workers around the world by visiting www.theREALawards.com and nominate a health worker who has made a difference in your life.
By some estimates, the world is short more than 5 million health workers, including one million front-line health workers. This shortage of easily accessible health workers is acute for rural settings in both developing countries and in the U.S. Frontline health workers are often community health workers and midwives who provide access to healthcare locally or in the home, although they can also include local pharmacists, nurses and doctors. In the developing world, where well-equipped doctors and hospitals are scarce, front-line health workers are the first and often only point of contact to the health care system for millions of people.
It is estimated that every 3 seconds, a child’s death is prevented thanks to care provided by a front-line health worker. But many don’t have all the support and supplies that they need to do their jobs well, and hundreds of thousands more are needed to end preventable deaths and to tackle the challenges of chronic diseases that need to be managed regularly.
The public can read the inspirational stories of the international REAL Awards honorees and nominate a health worker in the United States at www.theREALawards.com until November 29, 2012. Winners will be announced the week of January 13, 2013 during a time when much of the American public is tuning in to traditional entertainment awards shows such as the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.