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Dear reader,

Since 2020, our daily lives have been turned upside down on more than one level. The impact of the health crisis continues to be felt as we redefine what it means to "get back to normal".

At the heart of these challenging times are the people who work on the ground every day to provide quality health care. In this fifth edition of "Key data in healthcare" we want to honour them.

They have been called "heroes", but behind this grandiose word are real human beings who have chosen to use their knowledge, skills and investment to serve others.

We would like to invite you to meet the healthcare practitioners. In the following pages, we will explore how the various departments, within the Directorate General for Healthcare (DGGS), support them throughout their career, and the different measures put in place to ensure the quality of the care.

We have highlighted three professions to better illustrate their activities: nurses, midwives and speech therapists. We will have the opportunity to feature other professions in future editions dedicated to healthcare professionals.

I hope you enjoy reading this edition.

Annick Poncé,

Acting Director General, DG Healthcare