Multisectoral Approach Needed To Train, Support, Protect Frontline Health Workers, Opinion Piece Says
Devex: Opinion: Health care providers risk their lives for others. How can we care for them?
Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, director of the United Arab Emirates Pakistan Assistance Program
“…Not only do [frontline health workers] help to treat and prevent diseases, they also work tirelessly to win hearts and minds. The global health and development community must work together to equip these workers with the funds, protection, and tools they need; if we are to finally put diseases like polio to the sword for good. … Health workers are not only exposed to risks in being in close contact with infection and disease, but they can also become entangled in political conflicts and even civil wars. … Despite these very real dangers, health workers continue to work tirelessly to prevent and treat diseases worldwide. … Ensuring global health security measures will require a huge amount of political will and financial investment to adequately equip and protect health workers, so they can deliver the highest quality care. This work cannot be done by one body and relies on international cooperation across public-private sectors…” (9/26).