This week from April 8 – 12, 2013 the World Health Organization is celebrating World Health Workers Week. This is a week to honor those who are literally on the frontlines of health care in the developing world every single day. They are the ones who make sure mothers’ babies are attended to directly after birth. They are the ones who provide family planning services to women in the community who need them. They are the ones who educate their communities about healthy pregnancies and deliveries. They are the ones who help treat children for malaria and diarrhea and diagnose malnutrition. They are the ones who refer those who are ill to hospitals when their health is beyond what they can manage.
These are frontline health workers in Ethiopia. This week we honor them and frontline health workers all over the world and celebrate the lifesaving work they do every day.