Here’s to all health workers, especially those who are providing healthcare under challenging circumstances like in a conflict, areas facing natural disaster or resource poor settings. At the heart of humanitarian action are the doctors, nurses, nutritionists, midwives, paramedics and other health workers who selflessly serve their communities, often with little access to resources and frequently at great personal risk. World Humanitarian Day, is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others and this is what health workers in conflict areas are doing. Happy to join World Health Organization in dedicating this day to you because you do you sacrifice your comfort to work in harsh areas.
These Heroes leave the comfort of their homes and contries to risk their lives to make sure every human being in the affected area is not denied the fundamental right to health and life. We have read about the increasing deaths of health workers during humanitarian crisis but has not stopped health workers from helping the affected people, they will still go to help when duty calls. Incidental deaths among aid workers, while tragic, are understood as a consequence of the risks inherent in working in dangerous conditions. Not only are they at a risk of losing their lives but work under the most harsh conditions like: shortage of electricity, water, fuel and they still have to make sure anyone who is in need of health services is reached.
Countries need to appreciate that health workers are critical to saving lives, they are the single most important element of any health service. Without them, no vaccine can be administered, no life-saving drugs prescribed, no family planning advice provided and no woman can be given expert care during childbirth. Louise Holly says that “Even if medicines are readily available and provided for free at the point of use, they won’t reach the people who need them without health workers.” Government should not leave humanitarian work to Non governmental organisations but need to work together and also understand that it is a multi-disciplinary endeavor.
You have been there in areas affected by war, earth quakes, in fighting disease and other crisis. We can’t say much other than THANK YOU health workers, we appreciate your humanity and services. Happy World Humanitarian Day!!! #ThanksHealthHero