Philanthropy Friday: Celebrating and Honoring Health Workers


Linda Paquili Amana

Linda Paquili Amana is a maternal health counselor in Mozambique and a REAL Award Honoree.

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Do you have a health worker that has made a real difference in your life? You can nominate them for a REAL Award now until November 29th.

Created by Save the Children and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, the REAL Awards are a first-of-its kind global awards program to honor health workers.

The aim of the REAL Awards is to develop greater respect and appreciation for the lifesaving care provided by health workers in the US and around the world.

According to a press release from Save the Children, some estimate that the world is short more than 5 million health workers, including one million frontline health workers. For those in the US, these are our community midwives, nurses and doctors who provide access to healthcare in even the most rural areas. Those who step up during disasters like Hurricane Sandy to help those in need despite facing dangers themselves. Those who take care of the most vulnerable without judgment or hesitation.

You can go to from now until November 29, 2012 and read the inspirational stories of the international REAL Awards honorees and nominate a health worker in the United States. Winners will be announced the week of January 13, 2013 at the same time as the Academy Awards and Golden Globes.

Because health workers deserve to walk the red carpet too sometimes.

How has a health worker impacted your life?

I wrote this post as part of the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of Mom Bloggers for Social Good members who focus on maternal health, children, hunger, and women and girls. 

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