Last year, almost 7 million children died before their fifth birthday. If that were a war, it would be among the bloodiest in human history. Most died from preventable or treatable threats such as diarrhea and pneumonia, with malnutrition contributing to a third of these deaths.
Health workers are the soldiers on the frontlines of this war for survival. Every day, they win battles by diagnosing and treating the top causes of preventable child deaths. In fact, every three seconds a child’s life is saved by one of these heroes - with training supported by the U.S. government, non-profit organizations, and caring people like you.
You can help by urging your members of Congress to protect programs that help to train and support health workers around the world.
Tell Congress to Support Frontline Health Workers Today!
In just a moment, you’ll receive a call from our 'Connect to Congress' service at 1.866.899.9078 and hear a brief message from Save the Children about the issue. You’ll be patched through to your Congressperson’s office and a staff person will answer the phone.
Phone Tips and Talking Points:
- Hello, I am a constituent from (your town name).
- As a Save the Children supporter, I urge you to co-sponsor H. RES. 135 a bipartisan resolution introduced by Representatives Nita Lowey and Ander Crenshaw, which recognizes the role of frontline health workers in saving the lives of millions of children and mothers each year.
- Thank the staff for their time, and make sure to leave your name & address so the staffer knows you live in the district and state.
- Please help spread the word to your social networks. Thank you for taking action!
FACTS: Children Urgently Need More Frontline Health Workers
- Lives lost—whether from malaria or diarrhea, pneumonia or HIV, can often be prevented or treated close to home by a well-trained health worker who has the basic tools and skills.
- 1 billion of the world’s nearly 7 billion people have little or no access to essential health services, including 350 million children, due to global health worker shortage including a shortage of 1 million frontline health workers.
- American leadership in global health, including support to health workers, has been critical to the progress witnessed in the past two decades in global health.
- To continue to save lives and ensure that U.S. investments in global health are used effectively and efficiently, U.S. must increase its focus and attention to training, deploying and retaining frontline health workers in the developing world.
FACTS: Frontline Health Workers Save Lives
- Millions of people around the world are living productive lives today because a frontline health worker was there to provide vaccines, treat diarrhea, counsel about and treat HIV or distribute bed nets to prevent malaria.
- Frontline health workers are the ones who provide health care in many of the hardest to reach areas, often traveling on foot with just a backpack of supplies.
- In Ethiopia frontline health workers has resulted in twice as many young children who have been immunized, treatment for pneumonia and given Vitamin A.
- In Afghanistan, training of midwives contributed to an increase in life expectancy for women from 47-50 years to 62-64 years.