This is why we have introduced H Res 135 recognizing the importance of front-line health workers to improve newborn, child and maternal survival and to maintain America’s leadership role in global health. It calls for a comprehensive strategy to strengthen the global health workforce and to train more front-line health workers worldwide. This is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce newborn and child mortality and help poor nations build local health infrastructure.
If lifesaving treatment is the fish, then helping poor countries train and support front-line health workers is like teaching them to fish. It’s not only humane; it’s the smart thing to do.
GOP Rep. Ander Crenshaw of Florida’s 4th District serves on the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. Rep. Nita M. Lowey of New York’s 17th District is ranking Democrat on the full House Appropriations Committee and its State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee.