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World Health Worker Week celebrates and acknowledges the invaluable contributions made by frontline health workers worldwide. Who are these unsung heroes? Frontline health workers are made up of all types of health workers, including nurses, midwives, community health workers, and doctors. Together, they provide care to their communities and form the backbone of healthcare systems. In developing countries, healthcare workers often go unpaid to ensure communities can access the essential medical services they need, especially during times of crises.  

Empowering health champions 

World Vision has long recognized the critical role that frontline health workers play in delivering healthcare services, particularly in low-resource settings. Through various initiatives and programs, World Vision has been empowering these health champions with the tools, training, and support that they need to effectively address the health and diverse needs of their community. 

Investing in the training and capacity building of frontline health workers is one of the cornerstones of World Vision’s work. By providing comprehensive training programs, these workers are equipped with the necessary skills to diagnose, treat, and prevent a wide range of health issues, from infectious diseases to maternal and child health. 

Delfina (red shirt on right) and her friends with a mosquito net Delfina’s family received from World Vision community health workers in Mozambique.

Saving lives in Mozambique’s fight against Malaria 

World Vision works with the Global Fund and Mozambique’s Ministry of Health across all 10 provinces in Mozambique. World Vision focuses on protecting families from Malaria, ensuring mothers have safe pregnancies, and empowering newborn babies to become health, thriving children. This involves the distribution of Insecticide-Treated Nets (ITNs), Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), Intermittent Preventative Treatment in pregnancy (IPTp), and integrated Community Case Management (iCCM).  

Since 2011, the initiative has spread malaria prevention information and education to 12 million people (a group the size of Ohio!) through teachers, volunteers, and Community Health Workers. More than 50,000 teachers and volunteers have undergone training in malaria information, education, and communication. These frontline health workers are leading the way in delivering quality and widespread healthcare in Mozambique. 

Around the world, community health workers are often unpaid yet continue to save and change lives.

Closing the gap in healthcare services 

In many underserved regions, access to essential healthcare services remains a significant challenge. World Vision works alongside frontline health workers to address these gaps by establishing health facilities, mobile clinics, and outreach programs. By bringing healthcare closer to communities, they ensure that even families in remote and rural areas have access to life-saving treatments and interventions.  

During times of crisis, such as natural disasters, conflicts, or disease outbreaks, frontline health workers are often the first responders, providing critical care under challenging conditions. World Vision’s rapid response teams collaborate with local health workers to deliver emergency medical assistance, strengthen health systems, and mitigate the impact of crises on communities’ health. 

A World Vision community health worker treats a young child suffering from malnutrition.

How you can help today 

As we celebrate World Health Worker Week, let us acknowledge the tireless efforts to save lives, promote wellbeing, and build healthier communities. By amplifying the voices of frontline health workers and sharing their needs with our leaders, we can work towards a world where everyone can access quality healthcare services. 

Introduced in May by Representative Bera and Representative Kiggans, the Frontline Health Workers Resolution (H. Res. 389) would reaffirm the crucial contributions that frontline health workers make. Frontline health workers are a critical and cost-effective component to building local resilience and preventing and responding to humanitarian crises. Ask your representative to cosponsor H. Res. 389. 


Your voice has the power to make a difference. Ask your representative to cosponsor the Frontline Health Workers Resolution (H. Res. 389).

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