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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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"'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

Understanding country community health worker (CHW) programs has never been more important. Existing efforts to expand health services are insufficient and may leave one-third of the world’s population without universal health care (UHC) in 2030.1 In 2019, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution noting that a “measurable acceleration is urgently needed” to reach the health-related targets of the SDGs by 2030.1 A major expansion of commitment to nationwide CHW programs throughout the world, is necessary for such an acceleration to be achieved.

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, has declared that “[T]here will be no UHC without PHC [primary health care].”3 Similarly, it is fair to say that in resource-constrained, high-mortality settings, there can be no PHC without CHWs. CHWs should be a pillar, if not the foundation, of PHC in rural and low-income settings.  


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.

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