Video: Why #HealthWorkersCount for #MDGMomentum


August 18, 2014 marked that 500 days remain until the target date to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

For the occasion, the Frontline Health Workers Coalition honored the contributions of frontline health workers around the world for their part in advancing the three health MDGs: reducing child mortality (MDG4), improving maternal health (MDG5), and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases (MDG6).

Aanjalie Collure of IntraHealth International produced an animated video highlighting why healthworkers count.

In a blog post, Aanjalie wrote this:

Although frontline health workers have provided many communities with the services they need to lead healthier and more prosperous livelihoods, huge gaps remain in the service and accessibility of health workers. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1 billion people around the world have little to no access to frontline health workers. In addition, Save the Children estimates that there would be a 43% reduction of newborn deaths if more people had access to skilled care during labor. These statistics remind us how prioritizing health workforce strengthening is essential to accelerating progress during these last 500 days until the target date of the MDGs, and beyond.

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