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Frontline HCWs Essential To Achieve Development Goals

“As world leaders gather this week to discuss the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 Framework, no subject of conversation will be more important than the need for more frontline health care workers,” Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, writes in the Skoll World Forum blog. She notes the role of local health care workers in helping to reduce maternal and child mortality, using Pakistan as an example. “By some estimates, there is a shortage of at least one million frontline health workers in the developing world,” Miles states, adding, “The challenge for all of us in the business of saving mothers’ and children’s lives is to ensure that every person, no matter where they live in the world, is within reach of a health worker. We can — and should — start at the U.N. General Assembly, and continue the drumbeat at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Recife, Brazil, in November” (9/18).