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Supporting the World’s Frontline Health Workers

I co-sponsored the Frontline Health Workers Resolution - a bipartisan resolution that is aimed at recognizing the importance of community health workers throughout the world.

In the United States, polio was successfully eradicated in 1977. For years, this disease plagued the world and took the lives of countless children, and left many others disabled. Today, because of increased government support, scientific advances in immunization, and humanitarian groups like Rotary International that deploy dedicated health workers for vaccination campaigns, polio is now endemic in only 3 countries. Soon, many experts believe, polio can be completely eradicated from the world through access to life-saving vaccines. 

This is terrific news and it demonstrates the impact of U.S. leadership on the lives of children around the world.

Today, the leading killers of children in the developing world are completely preventable and treatable diseases, pneumonia and diarrhea. Combined, they claim the lives of more than 2 million children under the age of five die every year. Ten countries in the developing world account for 60% of these child deaths. However, with greater access to health education and resources, these countries could save the lives of children.

Earlier this year, I co-sponsored the Frontline Health Workers Resolution (H.Res. 734). This is a bipartisan resolution that is aimed at recognizing the importance of community health workers throughout the world who are providing health care to the poorest of the poor areas. These individuals often have to travel days by foot and rely on a backpack of supplies to deliver life-saving health care to rural communities. In short, without them, millions of families throughout the world would never receive health care because they live too far away to access hospitals, clinics, doctors and nurses.

By providing vaccinations, basic antibiotics to treat pneumonia, oral rehydration therapy and zinc to treat diarrhea, and other health services, frontline health workers are often the difference between life and death.  According to RESULTS, the Ethiopian government trained 40,000 community health workers and sent them out into the rural regions across that country. Five years later, there was a 50% reduction in malaria related deaths. This is impressive and speaks volume to the effectiveness of frontline health workers.

This month, UNICEF reported under-five child deaths dropped from 12 million a year in 1990 to 6.9 million a year in 2010 thanks to many of the services provided by frontline health workers. This is an incredible accomplishment, but more must be done.

In order to continue to lower child mortality rates and to prevent further deaths from pneumonia and diarrhea, I will continue to support efforts by our nation and others to support frontline health workers.  By aiding those most in need, health workers throughout the world are saving children and teaching them important health skills that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. I applaud those working on the frontlines and know that you are helping to end preventable childhood deaths.

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Ellen Marshall October 03, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Congressman Dold, PBS just broadcast an amazing documentary called "Half The Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" on Oct 1 & 2. It was very powerful to hear Dr. Edna Adan talking about a maternity hospital she helped build in Somaliland (which has a very high maternal & infant mortality rate) & how she is training young women to be midwives & healthcare workers, so that they can go out into all of the different areas of that country and HELP women in the community. THIS kind of work, which directly impacts women & children in some of the poorest parts of the world, is exactly what our foreign aid dollars support. Thank you again for ensuring that they will have a future!
dold's supporter October 03, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Thank you King Dold for fooling people into thinking your job is to watch over the world. You are 10th District's representative you moron! How you dare spend time and money on other countries...what you fixed all problems at home in your district? Stop acting like you were elected Un Secretary General...you are just one little cheap owner of Rose Pest which you turned into a plantation, you pay no overtime to your serfs but here you are yapping about who knows what corner of the world. Northfield...your employees there have no health care from you nor a paycheck big enough to get on their own so shut up you hypocrite, God-wanna be. All these people praising you have no idea the greedy loser that you are. I hope voters kick you out of Congress, you are a little man with a company and a house from daddy and mommy and paranoic dreams of greatness.
Winnetka October 07, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Does anyone want to examine the real reason for much of the so called poverty that affects certain groups disproportionately in this country? Nah. It's so much easier to keep handing out entitlements- the true opiates of the masses. Barack Obama will go down in history as the Enabler in Chief. He's enabled millions of people out of jobs: rates for blacks & women are in the double digits, enabled Iran to develop WMD's, enabled the US debt to triple, enabled 47 million people to live on food stamps, enabled terrorists to kill Americans at Ft. Hood,Benghazi,enabled despots in S. America to develop their oil riches w/ our tax dollars while disabling America's, enabled his friends to huge amounts of tax payer dollars to fund unsuccessful green tech capital ventures, enabled our country to be looked at as a laughing stock to the world. Let's enable him and any other politician that has spit on the Good Old American Way out of office Now!
Cynthia Levin October 10, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Glad to see that this piece got picked up and reposted by the Frontline Health Workers Coalition. http://frontlinehealthworkers.org/supporting-the-worlds-frontline-health-workers/
Ellen Marshall October 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Yes, extremely cool. Thank you again Congressman Dold!

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