The Special Recognition Awards for Health Workers

HRH Awards Ceremony, Bangkok, 29 January 2011
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HRH Awards Ceremony, Bangkok, 29 January 2011

Doctors, nurses and midwives who deliver healthcare in the world's most difficult settings were recognized at the Second Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, in Bangkok.

The Special Recognition Awards honoured 12 health workers for their hard work and dedication to rural and hardship areas.

Their first hand experiences were heard alongside the views of Ministers and Health and public health experts during Forum sessions and throughout the forum.

"It was important to acknowledge the hard work and enormous achievements of those working on the ground," said Dr Mubashar Sheikh, Executive Director of the Alliance. "Health workers are often the backbones of rural communities and should be recognized as such; they remain committed to delivering healthcare despite the difficult conditions."

Each health worker has served in a rural or hardship area for at least five years, and demonstrates extensive involvement in their communities. Many proved the use of innovative methods to deliver healthcare.

In total, the Alliance received nearly 60 applications from almost 30 countries. Profiles of each shortlisted health worker were featured in the 'Hall of Fame'. The Awarding Committee named Daw Nan Than Than Oo, a midwife from Myanmar, and Dr Karamoko Nimaga, from Mali, the overall winners at the Forum's closing ceremony.

The Alliance calls for greater financial incentives and better working conditions for health workers in rural communities; it is important these individuals can continue in their jobs, feel appreciated and adequately rewarded for their work.