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

Announcements

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

Background and rationale 

Studies show that trained, high-performing, community health workers (CHWs) can save more than three million lives annually, when integrated into the primary health care system1. Unfortunately, many community health worker programs are plagued by ineffective and expensive training and support, making them difficult to implement at scale.

Background

There is growing evidence on the benefits of comprehensive packages of community health services as a key strategy to promote healthy behavior and improve access to high-impact maternal, newborn, and child health interventions from pregnancy to adolescence. However, countries do not have a way to determine the cost and financing needs for these packages and, without this information, programs cannot be properly designed, developed and financed and they are, therefore, often under-funded and financially unsustainable. Until now, there have been no suitable tools for countries to use to determine the coverage gaps, to estimate the resources needed to bridge those gaps, and to prioritize and plan the expansion of services.

Purpose


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