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"How Community Health Workers Act As A ‘Bridge’ For Patients Needing Extra Help"


For the month of September, the One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign and mPowering Frontline Health Workers are supporting HIFA to hold an in-depth exploration around the need for improved data on community health worker (CHW) programs, and how we can meet these needs in the post-2015 era.  Click here to learn more and join the discussion.


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Video Spotlight

"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.

Community Health Workers build bridges between communities and health services.

Robin Hammond, 2011

From reproductive health to nutrition to care for chronic conditions, community health workers are being asked to help communities become healthier, particularly in areas where professional health workers are scarce.

Ibby Caputo; WGBH, 2013

Evidence shows that trained CHWs can diagnose and treat children under 5 for malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia, while teaching parents to provide care at home.

Caroline Grogan, 2008


Community health workers (CHWs) support millions of people living with, or at risk of, HIV in Southern Africa. They are often people’s first point of contact with the health system. However, to play an effective role, CHWs need access to up-to-date, clear, accurate, and user-friendly information on HIV and sexual health. There are currently few ways for CHWs to get this information, and many still rely on word of mouth for new information, with the biases and misinformation that can follow.

The Evidence: Officially or Unofficially, CHWs Already Address Violence Against Children | Last year I was working for World Vision’s Technical Services Organisation, which provides technical assistance and training to WV offices and partners. We received a request to analyse the results of a piece of research undertaken by World Vision Canada as part of the ENRICH Programme, funded by Global Affairs Canada. This research was conducted as part of the “It Takes a World” campaign that identified CHWs as the most promising channel to scale up action on violence against children.

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