FERNEY-VOLTAIRE, France, June 23, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Active June 23rdrecognized by the United Nations Public Service DayPublic Services International (PSI), a global federation of public service unions located in Ferney Voltaire, Francewill start Behind the mask, an online interactive documentary experience that highlights the global struggles of health workers at the forefront of COVID-19. The four episodes will be available at https://behindthemask.publicservices.international/
The series focuses on four health workers, at Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Brazil and Tunisia, and shows the impact that political decisions and corruption have had on their ability to provide services to patients in their care. Demonstrates how governments and international institutions have failed to prioritize and invest in quality public health systems, undermining front-line workers around the world.
A health worker at Zimbabwe organizes protest for higher wages. She is arrested. Her story explores how political corruption, global debt rules and lack of funding for health have created unfounded working conditions for her and her colleagues at the expense of her patients. A nurse inside Brazil, Graciete, collects testimonies of workers to create a legal case against the Bolsonaro government for government complicity and corruption that has cost the lives of citizens. The story of Hasina, a health worker in the Pakistan, explores the critical role of Community Health Workers in the global health system and the lack of recognition for their vital work. In TunisiaNawfel is a hospital manager and union member working on a strike plan to increase health care employment and compensation for high-risk work.
General Secretary of PSI Rosa Pavanelli he said:
“This series makes it clear that the brutal conditions faced by frontline workers through this pandemic are the result of deliberate choices made by politicians: to underfund our health services, to shut down our hospitals and to let our public services It’s time to listen to these voices of health workers and choose a different path to Covid-19 recovery, a path that puts people and public health above profits.
Public Services International (https://publicservices.international) is a global federation of unions with more than 700 unions representing 30 million workers in 154 countries. They bring their voice to the UN, the ILO, the WHO and other regional and global organizations. They defend trade unions and workers’ rights and fight for universal access to quality public services.
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