Year of Health and Care Workers 2021
Protect. Invest. Together.
2021 has been designated as the International Year of Health and Care Workers (YHCW) in appreciation and gratitude for their unwavering dedication in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. WHO is launching a year-long campaign, under the theme – Protect. Invest. Together. It highlights the urgent need to invest in health workers for shared dividends in health, jobs, economic opportunity and equity.
This year, we are calling on your support and action to ensure that our health and care workforces are supported, protected, motivated and equipped to deliver safe health care at all times, not only during COVID-19. Today, we ask that you to add your voice to those calling for additional investments in health and care workers.
Ensure the world’s health and care workers are prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccine in the first 100 days of 2021.
Recognize and commemorate all health and care workers who have lost their lives during the pandemic.
Mobilize commitments from Member States, International Financing Institutions, bilateral and philanthropic partners to protect and invest in health and care workers to accelerate the attainment of the SDGs and COVID-19 recovery.
Engage Member States and all relevant stakeholders in dialogue on a care compact to protect health and care workers’ rights, decent work and practice environments.
Bring together communities, influencers, political and social support in solidarity, advocacy and care for health and care workers.
The campaign highlights the urgent need to invest in health workers for shared dividends in health, jobs, economic opportunity and equity. This means ensuring appropriate protection and conditions of work. It calls for additional investments in health and care workers’ education and employment. It means a shared vision for investing in people as the foundation of Health for All. Together the global community has the opportunity to realize this vision.
Join the campaign and add your voice to those calling for additional investments in health and care workers.
Share the campaign material in support of, and to advocate for health and care workers.
Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries faced pre-existing health workforce challenges.
Messages from Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's Director-General
International Nurses Day
Stories from health and care workers from across the world