Lowey, Diaz-Balart Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing Contributions of Frontline Health Workers

June 27, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL25) introduced a bipartisan resolution (H.Res.467) to recognize the critical role frontline health workers play in caring for the sick, curbing the spread of disease, and mitigating risks to stem health crises around the world.

The announcement comes on the heels of a recent report by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition that says that at least 167 health workers were killed and 710 injured in attacks in at least 23 countries in conflict in 2018.

“Well-trained frontline health workers are the first, and often only, link to lifesaving health treatment for millions in conflict-affected and impoverished areas around the world,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “In the current Ebola outbreak raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo, frontline health workers are facing especially harrowing, daily threats to their security. Sadly, this isn’t unique. The often heroic efforts of frontline health workers to ultimately save lives are frequently hampered, or they themselves become deliberate targets of violence.” 

“I am proud to join my dear friend and colleague in supporting this important resolution that recognizes the dedication and hard work of our frontline healthcare workers,” said Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. “These courageous professionals, from numerous charitable and nongovernmental organizations, help to prevent the spread of disease and alleviate suffering in the world’s most challenging environments. We must continue to fully support their essential efforts in caring for the sick and saving lives, which is essential to our global security, in those regions where their talents are most needed.” 

The resolution recognizes the essential contributions of frontline health workers to strengthening national security and economic prosperity, expanding global health progress, and saving the lives of millions of women, men, and children around the world. It calls for relevant federal agencies to utilize existing flexibilities to implement integrated and cross-sectoral programming to strengthen local frontline health workforce teams.

The full text of the resolution can be found here.