2021 has been designated as the International Year of Health and Care Workers by the World Health Organization (WHO) in appreciation and gratitude for their unwavering dedication in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and to highlight the key role of human resources for health in society's ability to care for the health of its citizens at the global level. This campaign focuses on paid health and care workers..
The Region of the Americas is participating in this campaign, under the theme "PROTECT. INVEST. TOGETHER", which highlights the urgent need to increase investment in and protection for health and care workers as a tangible way of recognizing their role. Access to universal health requires investment and protection at all times, not only during health emergencies, as this type of investment pays off generously in terms of health, employment, and economic and social opportunities. We must all, therefore, commit to ensuring safe and decent working conditions for our health and care workers, and to protecting their health, including their mental health.
The campaign calls emphatically for greater efforts to PROTECTand INVEST in health and care workers to achieve Universal Health. Only TOGETHER can we make this vision a reality.