Healthcare workers around the world are risking their lives to fight the Coronavirus pandemic. Stand with them to demand that governments do all they can to ensure hospitals are properly resourced.

Around 800 health workers from 50 countries have already signed onto the letter which will be released to the media next Thursday on the eve of an extraordinary G20 Finance Ministers meeting.

Sign on to the letter here

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Healthcare workers around the world are risking their lives to fight the Coronavirus pandemic. Stand with them to demand that governments do all they can to ensure hospitals are properly resourced.

Cancel the debt so doctors and nurses can keep saving lives

"We are all health workers, nurses, doctors. Every day we are on the frontline fighting this virus. Every day we are on the wards, in the emergency rooms. Every day we see first-hand the suffering this sickness is causing.

Many of us lack the vital protective equipment that stops us getting infected, and stops others getting infected too. This is dangerous, exhausting work.

Even the best public healthcare systems in the world are struggling to face this virus. Yet we know it is the countries with healthcare that is universal, and publicly provided, that will be best placed to get through this. Yet in most countries, health services are desperately weak and deeply unequal. You can only get treatment if you have money.

This is a global public health emergency bigger than anything humanity has ever seen. Governments all over the world must make a huge investment in scaling up public healthcare now for all their people. Healthcare is a right and should be free.

Rich nations should help pay for this by immediately cancelling the debt payments of developing countries. This will release billions of dollars that can pay for vital healthcare. Many governments are currently spending far more on repaying debts than they do on health. To prevent millions of deaths this injustice has to end now.

We call on the leaders of the world to act now. Act now to make healthcare available and free to all who need it. Act now to cancel the debts of developing countries before it is too late."

Sign on to the letter here