Launch of the Frontline Healthcare Workers Coalition

Nurse takes blood samples to be sent away for testing in Pretoria, South Africa, Aug. 15, 2005. [AP]

About the Author: Ambassador Eric Goosby serves as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.

Frontline health workers are an essential component of health systems worldwide — without them, there is no access to care for people living with HIV or anyone else. Yet in 2012, the World Health Organization estimates a shortage of at least one million frontline health workers worldwide, with Africa the region in greatest need. PEPFAR, in collaboration with partner countries, is pursuing a number of initiatives to respond. 

Our efforts are being reinforced by many actors around the globe. A growing number of health organizations, recognizing the life-saving impact frontline health workers offer, are committed to employing innovative strategies to address the crisis. Tomorrow, 37 of these organizations from the public… more »