Save the Children wants to recognize frontline health care workers around the world. The REAL Awards allow you to nominate and celebrate people who provide health services and save lives. These courageous people deserve acknowledgment but seem to be forgotten.
There are plenty of awards and award shows, for athletes, movie stars, musicians, authors, etc. Save the Children wants frontline health care workers – those that serve their community and are the first link to medical care – to know that they are needed and appreciated. The REAL Awards will offer that opportunity.
Save our Children wants to bring attention to the need for more community health workers. According to the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, “(T)he World Health Organization estimates a shortage of at least one million frontline health workers, particularly in Africa and parts of Asia. Millions more existing health workers could save many more lives if they had proper training and support.” The shortage of health workers means more preventable deaths occur.
Those that serve are trained in just a few weeks and supervised before they are sent out on their own. They teach proper hygiene, nutrition and family planning. They are able to diagnose and treat common illnesses. With further training, they can give immunizations and deliver babies.
The financial cost of training and employing frontline health workers is minimal, but they accomplish so much – teaching healthier ways of living which prevents sickness, immunizing which prevents disease, saving the lives of mothers who are giving birth and the babies who are born. They save lives and there’s no way of putting a value on that.
Nominations for The REAL Awards are taken until November 29, 2012. Winners will be announced the week of January 13, 2013. It’s time to recognize these outstanding people.
Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. The information, photo and video was provided by Save Our Children and the Global Team of 200.