Each time I am abroad I meet some of the most amazing, selfless frontline health workers in the world. Health workers from doctors, nurses, and midwives here in the States to frontline health workers in rural areas in Africa and Asia are oftentimes never acknowledged for the life-saving work they do for people on a daily basis. They selflessly give of themselves – often around the clock – in order to ensure the life and care of countless patients.
When I was in Zambia in July I met nurses and doctors who treat and care for patients with cervical cancer, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and even doctors who provide reproductive health care to both men and women. Clinics where they work are usually overcrowded where people start lining up for care at 5 AM each morning. They come to work every day knowing that the care of those in their community is in their hands.
Save the Children acknowledges health workers every day through their Every Beat Matters campaign as well as their The REAL Awards campaign which officially launches today with partner Frontline Health Workers Coalition. For the next 33 days you can nominate a health worker who has changed your life or has given you amazing care.
This year Save the Children has expanded the type of health workers that can be nominated for a REAL Award. You can nominate a doctor, nurse, midwife, nurse practitioner, hospice worker, physician assistant, community health worker, pharmacist, public health officer, and a general health practitioner. The nomination period ends on October 25, 2013 followed by public voting.
If there is a health worker in your life, perhaps your children’s pediatrician or a midwife that gives exceptional care to expecting mothers, nominate them for a REAL Award at therealawards.com.