The UK project will document a range of health workers — from doctors and nurses to porters and volunteers — who have sadly lost their lives to the coronavirus.
This will include profiles, photos and other information to pay tribute to those who have died since the outbreak began. The project aims to document cases and also understand some of the causes behind those who have lost their lives working on the frontline of the pandemic.
Information about health workers will be crowdsourced from family, friends and colleagues, as well as reported through traditional means. The UK project launched last week with profiles of 50 health workers and people are invited to share further names and stories, which will be updated over time.
Nick Hopkins, Executive editor for news, Guardian News & Media says: “This project hopes to document and remember NHS workers across the UK who have sadly lost their lives on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic. As well as reporting the names of those in the news, we are also inviting people to share their stories in a collaborative effort to help provide the true scale of UK health workers who have lost their lives since the outbreak.”
Guardian US has launched a similar initiative, which aims to honour American health workers. Lost on the Frontline, a joint Guardian US and Kaiser Health News project, will also make use of crowdsourcing efforts and grow into a single interactive site to remember and memorialise US health workers.
Guardian Australia also plans to document any health worker deaths in the country.