7 Questions: Health Workers Count

In October, Mandy Moore joins PSI and IntraHealth International in Tanzania to experience a week in the life of a health worker. In advance of her trip, we began a conversation about health workforce challenges and solutions. Together we’re asking some big questions about the future of health workers. And we ask you – our Impact readers and important members of the global health community – to weigh in on the conversation.

Visit each question page to share your response via comments or by replying directly to Mandy via Twitter @TheMandyMoore.

  1. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has caught the world’s attention and puts health workers’ safety at risk. What can we do now to prepare and protect health workers as the outbreak continues to spread? And how can we help countries be better prepared for future crises?
  2. How do we make health workers a priority in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals?
  3. A country’s government is ultimately responsible for delivering the best care to its citizens. But many people in low-income countries get their health care from private-sector providers. How can we make sure the lifesaving contributions of health workers in these facilities are valued?
  4. There is a shortage of 7.2 million health workers globally. How can we reduce the shortage and save lives in low-income countries?
  5. M​any countries have developed vol­unteer community health workforces. What can we do to ensure that these volunteers have job security and are fairly compensated?
  6. A large portion of global health funding goes to specific diseases, like malaria, HIV and TB. How can we make sure that the need to recruit and retain highly performing health workers are prioritized within that funding?
  7. How will technology play a role in the lives of health workers in the next 10 years? What technologies (biomedical, mobile, etc.) could have the most impact?

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