Partnering for Front Line Health Workers During COVID-19 and Beyond

The essential role of health care workers has been reinforced during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Following the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in 2020, the World Health Organization has designated 2021 as the International Year of Health and Care Workers to highlight the urgent need for investment to ensure such workers are supported, protected and equipped during the COVID-19 response and beyond.

Today, too many health and care workers are unpaid or underpaid and WHO forecasts a health-worker shortage of 18 million by 2030. This would leave many low- and middle-income countries ill prepared to withstand the challenges of future pandemics and crises.

On May 19th, 2021, as an ecosystem event of Devex @ WHA 2021 Devex will host an online event in partnership with GSK and Save the Children, that will highlight the need for upskilling and training community health care workers to strengthen basic health services. It will bring together a range of perspectives, including health professionals from different parts of the world.

The discussion will also draw upon valuable lessons learned from the GSK and Save the Children partnership – which has trained more than 30,000 health care workers since 2011 – and highlight how long-standing partnerships and sustained investments can support strong health systems during COVID-19 and beyond.

9 AM ET | 3 PM CET

Location: Virtual

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021