The series focuses on four healthcare workers, in Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Brazil and Tunisia, and shows the impact that political decisions and corruption have had on their ability to provide services to the patients in their care. It shows how governments and international institutions have failed to prioritize and invest in quality public health systems, undermining frontline workers across the world.
A healthcare worker at Zimbabwe organizes a demonstration for higher wages. She is arrested. Her story explores how political corruption, global debt rules and lack of health funding have created untenable working conditions for her and her colleagues, at the expense of her patients. A nurse in Brazil, Graciete, is collecting testimony from workers to build a legal case against the Bolsonaro government for government complicity and corruption that cost citizens their lives. The story of Hassina, a community health worker in Pakistan, explores the crucial role of community health workers in the global health system and the lack of recognition for their vital work. In TunisiaNawfel is a hospital administrator and a union member working to plan a strike to increase healthcare employment and compensation for high-risk work.
PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli said:
“This series makes it clear that the brutal conditions faced by frontline workers during this pandemic are the result of intentional choices made by politicians: underfund our health services, understaff our hospitals and let our public services suffer. so that a few may benefit. It is time to listen to these voices of health workers and choose a different path for COVID-19 recovery; one that puts people and public health above profits.
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