Today’s heroes are often celebrities, actors, singers, athletes and entertainers, children look up to them and want to to be like them. I think it’s time that we introduce our children to a new type of hero… the real super heroes of our time, the ones that saves lives, the ones that daily serve their communities and help protect and nourish the lives of others, Community Health Workers. I was able to spend a week with community health workers in Guatemala; I went out into their communities to see first hand how they care for women and children, ultimately saving lives and keeping the community healthy and well. I left Guatemala inspired to help community health workers continue the work that they do.
When we are sick we simply go the doctor or call our nurse line, if it’s after hours we have after clinics. When men, women and children in developing countries are sick, they walk miles to receive healthcare or must wait days until a health worker can make it to them because there are not enough health workers on the ground.
I’m especially inspired by Felix, he has been a local health worker in Xachmochán Village, Guatemala, since 2007. He has served countless families in and around his village, treating sick children who otherwise would not have access to the medicines that could save their lives. Here’s a 3 minute video about Felix that I know will leave you inspired too…
- Maternal mortality rates are 14 times higher in developing countries than in developed countries, and only half of women in those regions have access to health care.
- Over 16,000 children under 5 die every day, mainly from malnourishment, dehydration and preventable diseases.
Thankfully, due to vaccines and the work of community health workers, child mortality has dropped by more than 50% since 1990. Still, we can do better as global citizens of the world to help ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for ALL.
This weekend, world leaders from 193 countries will come together at the United Nations General Assembly and commit to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. All 17 Sustainable Development Goals are important, but one is especially important to me after spending time with frontline health workers and the mothers and children who needed them most, Goal 3: GOOD HEALTH & WELL-BEING.
- The United Nations wants to help rid the world of extreme poverty, provide an equal education for girls and boys, and protect our environment for generations to come.
- The UN Foundation has identified the Sustainable Development Goals — 17 global goals for sustainable development. These goals will set the world’s agenda for the next 15 years.
- The 17 goals will be officially adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, September 25-27 in NYC.
Help support Goal 3 in 3 simple ways!
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/un + https://twitter.com/TheGlobalGoals
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/globalgoals.org
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/TheGlobalGoals/
Learn more about the Global Goals at www.globalgoals.org/
The more people who know about the Global Goals for sustainable development, the more successful they’ll be. If we all fight for them, our leaders will make them happen.