Each year, we tune in to award shows and watch well-dressed celebrities receive awards for– let’s be frank– nothing. When was the last time you heard or saw a reward show for health workers? These people save lives on a daily basis– both here in the United States and around the world. They receive little or no thanks. They receive little or no recognition. In some places, they receive little or no pay.
Save the Children and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition have launched a first-of-its-kind award program to recognize health workers and the unselfish, lifesaving work they do daily. The awards program is called The REAL Awards and will be held in January to honor health workers from around the world.
The shortage of health care workers around the world is most readily felt in rural settings and developing countries. Frontline health workers are often the only health care system these people have contact with. These health workers are community members, midwives, as well as local pharmacists, nurses, and doctors.
According to Save the Children, every three seconds a child’s life is saved by a frontline health worker. These individuals manage to do their jobs– saving lives– with little support and supplies. They provide general health care, as well as preventing and treating chronic diseases that are prevalent in developing countries.
You can check out the video below, as well as read inspirational stories of the international REAL Awards honorees at The REAL Awards. You can also nominate a health worker in the United States that you feel deserves this recognition. The winners will be announced the week of January 13, 2013.
I encourage you to visit The REAL Awards website to nominate a United States health worker who has made an impact on the community. You can also read inspirational stories of ten frontline workers like Rhekha Bangarwa and Gloria Llegunas. Learn how these ten individuals are saving lives and making lasting impacts on the communities they serve.
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And, please, help spread the word.
Remember to go nominate a health worker that is changing lives and impacting communities here in the United States!