Our Best Shot: Women frontline health workers in other countries are keeping you safe from COVID-19

This report argues that women frontline health workers – who deliver the ‘last mile’ of vaccination programmes and make vaccinations possible – do not get the protection, recognition, equality, and pay that they deserve. Vaccines are useless without delivery systems that depend on women frontline health workers, and global leaders and governments must protect, pay, and value women frontline health workers in order to ensure fast and fair vaccine delivery to at risk and underserved communities.

The report calculates that a comprehensive vaccine delivery strategy requires policy makers to invest $5 in delivery for every $1 spent on vaccines. Coming at a time when new and highly contagious variants of COVID-19 are emerging in countries that are struggling to access the vaccine and control the pandemic, the report adds that $2.50 must go to funding, training, equipping, and supporting health workers – especially women – who administer vaccines, run education campaigns, connect communities to health services, and build the trust required for patients to get vaccines.

  • Countries: Global
  • Published: March 2021

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