If we solve the challenges facing frontline health workers, we will improve healthcare for everyone.

As the world counts down the “decade of action” to make the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals a reality, Johnson & Johnson together with our partners is taking on two of the toughest challenges facing SDG 3 and health systems —closing an 18 million health worker shortage and equipping all frontline health workers to thrive. Solving these challenges is critical to achieving key global health priorities such as universal health coverage.

Johnson & Johnson Launches the Center for Health Worker Innovation at the 74th United Nations General Assembly

The Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation (the Center) was founded to catalyze efforts to respond to the human resource crisis in global health and build a thriving health workforce. The Center is tasked with guiding a $250 million, 10-year commitment to support one million nurses, midwives and community health workers reaching 100 million people by 2030 and the more immediate $50 million commitment to support frontline health workers battling COVID-19. Both commitments have been made by the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies and the Johnson & Johnson Foundation. Working with longstanding partners, the Center is developing a global portfolio of programs in regions with the highest community health burdens and frontline health worker gaps, while also ensuring that the current health workforce is thriving and resilient.

COVID-19 has once again brought to light the glaring inequities in our health systems that put the most vulnerable most at risk. Our commitment to help build resilient community-based health systems with thriving frontline health workers at their heart has never been stronger.

Supporting Frontline Healthcare Workers and Our Communities During COVID-19
COVID-19 has brought us face-to-face with the vast devastation infectious disease can bring to individuals, families, communities and the world. At the same time, this unprecedented crisis has cast new light on the essential, selfless and innovative role health workers play in ensuring strong, resilient health systems for everyone, everywhere. Learn how Johnson & Johnson is supporting health workers, their patients and their communities as they navigate the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage throughout Africa and essential health services like immunization campaigns are interrupted, community health workers (CHWs) continue to play a key role in protecting their communities by providing vital and often life-saving care. The demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has grown substantially and, in many countries, CHWs are not included in the forecasting for PPE. This lack of recognition puts the front line of primary healthcare “last in line” for this essential equipment.
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A 2018 study in The Lancet showed that 5 million people in low- to middle-income countries died in 2016 from poor quality healthcare, and an additional 1.5 million people from not having access to care itself.
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The day of birth should be among the happiest days for a family. However, this joy may turn into sorrow and anguish when the baby is born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy) and struggles for survival. Worldwide, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm, which is more than 1 in 10. Complications due to preterm birth are the single leading cause of neonatal deaths, accounting for 35% of the 3.1 million neonatal deaths every year. Among the babies who survive, some may face life-long health issues related to preterm birth such as hearing, visual and learning disabilities.
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