The year 2021 has been unanimously designated by the World Health Assembly as the International Year of Health and Care Workers (YHCWs) in recognition of the dedication and sacrifice of the millions of health and care workers at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) estimated in October that at least 1,500 nurses have died since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The real figure is likely to be much higher as the relevant data was only collected from 44 of the world’s 195 countries. It’s believed COVID-19 health worker fatalities worldwide could surpass 20,000.
World Health Assembly member states and non-state actors in unison, spoke to the critical role of health and care workers in ensuring health and prosperity, the WHO said. They emphasised the urgency and imperative to address persistent health worker challenges.