The devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has drawn attention to the critical role frontline health workers play in health systems around the world. Nurses, midwives and community health workers are the backbone of health systems in underserved regions and are often the first and only link to health care for millions of people. From Guinea to Senegal, their importance in providing a wide range of health services is unparalleled, especially in remote and rural areas, and for those most vulnerable, notably pregnant women, newborns and children.
As infectious disease experts marshal reinforcements, materials and supplies to contain the Ebola outbreak and care for the sickest, those of us in the global health community have a responsibility to ensure that health workers on the front lines of the crisis have the support, proper training and t...
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