Health workers around the globe responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are already working in strained health care systems and facing numerous challenges, including a lack of personal protective equipment and other resources. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the need for a competent and empowered health workforce, as well as the urgency to ensure front-line personnel have the necessary resources to work safely and effectively.
On the occasion of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Devex hosted a virtual event in partnership with Seed Global Health, Takeda, World Vision, the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning, and Plan International. The event provided a critical opportunity to call on world leaders and governments to make bold investments in building strong health care workforces that can deliver quality care, efficiently respond to COVID-19 and future pandemics, and ensure that health systems are not ravaged by health crises.
This online event featured health workers from across the health system — including ministries, clinical settings, and the front-line community. They shared their COVID-19 response stories, including commonalities in the challenges they are facing, innovative solutions applied, and the need for maintaining essential health services and reaching populations at the “last mile.” Through this virtual discussion, we highlighted lessons learned and comprehensive steps needed to strengthen the health workforce to achieve universal health coverage.