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health care worker in PPE - report launch event invitation

Join us for a virtual panel discussion on a joint report by the World Bank and Resolve to Save Lives. The report, "The Economic Burden of COVID-19 Infections amongst Health Care Workers in the First Year of the Pandemic in Kenya, Colombia, Eswatini, and South Africa," estimates the economic burden of health care worker (HCW) infection and death during COVID-19. It also provides a framework for understanding the true cost, capturing the direct and indirect cost of HCW infections, their contributions to wider community transmissions and the economic toll of disrupted health services.


The health workforce is critical to global health security, but around the world, many health care workers (HCWs) lack even basic protections against infectious disease. The consequences are dire: HCWs face disproportionate risk of illness and death, exacerbating both the health and economic impacts of an outbreak, including through increased disease transmission and disruptions to essential health care services.COVID-19 has proven to be no exception. But despite commitments to increase basic health care worker protections, progress has been limited protect those who are most urgently needed during a health emergency.

Protecting health workers benefits the entire society. Governments need to take leadership and responsibility to invest in the protection of health care workers and establish accountability mechanism to ensure measures are being implemented.