Last year, the Real Awards for health workers was launched. Founded by Save The Children and Frontline Health Workers, the focus is to honor health care workers all over the world. Bringing attention to those who are community based, especially in developing countries, nominations of doctors, clinic workers, etc. are being accepted.
There are all types of awards, for sports, media and entertainment but the Real Awards are truly inspiring. These awards celebrating the difficult and often unrecognized work of those in health care. Their jobs are often stressful, with people’s lives on the line. And many show great compassion. They treat people as individuals instead of a problem to fix. They research treatment options. They speak to their patients and more importantly, listen. They are there during some of the most difficult times of our lives.
Recognizing these health workers is a big part of the Real Awards, but let’s not forget to spread the word about the need for more frontline workers. It is estimated that at least 1 million more frontline health workers are needed, especially in Africa and parts of Asia, according the World Health Organization.
Melinda gates explains why these workers are vital,
If more leaders work together to deploy more frontline health workers, more women and children will survive. But they also should ensure better support for those already on the frontlines – health workers who sometimes lack the information, skills, equipment and supplies they need to save more lives.
It’s easy to nominate a physician, midwife, pharmacist and nurse on the Real Awards site. Nominations are open until October 25th. You can find the list of those in the medical field who can be nominated there as well.
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As a member of the Global Team of 200, I am honored to share information and my personal opinion about the Real Awards.