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What it Means to Champion Health Workers in 2020

Doctors and Nurses With Arms Around Each Other in Support
Partial view of hard-working male and female hospital team in full protective wear standing together in group embrace.

During last year’s United Nations General Assembly, we introduced the Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation to our partners and global health peers, who share our commitment of resources and resolve to support the health workforce. In light of the 18 million health worker shortage projected for 2030, our discussion touched on setting targets; meeting the needs of health workers today, not just tomorrow; the importance of leadership opportunities; and achieving greater recognition for all health worker cadres. The room felt united in appreciation that the hope of universal health coverage – which starts with strong community-based primary health care – is not possible without an equipped and empowered health workforce.

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