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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

Featured News and Blogs

Donna Bjerregaard, Senior Technical Advisor, Initiatives Inc.

In 1505, the Polish Parliament stated, "Nothing new without the common consent." Today we understand that ‘nothing about us without us’ is the rallying cry for inclusion and change.     

I recently returned from an international Health Systems Research Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia and then participated in a webinar entitled, “Sustaining Community Health Worker (CHW) Programs in the HIV response: Lesson Learned from the US. The single loudest cry from these events was, "Where are the CHW voices?" At CHW Central, a global resource for and about community health workers, we have over 800 international and domestic resources, but only a few address the importance of community voices.

We started CHW Central in 2011 as a global community for program managers, experts, practitioners, researchers, and supporters of CHW programs to find relevant material and kinship among users. We slowly realized our global aspirations but—I think—disregarded the huge US experience and the voices of health workers themselves.

In 2013, we broadened our website to include global and US-based resources and features.  This gave us the opportunity to use this avenue to better understand how the US and the overseas experience could provide an opportunity for mutual learning and cross-cultural understanding.    

Symposium on CHWs and their contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals: February 21st-23rd, 2017 

Makerere University School of Public Health – Uganda, Nottingham Trent University – UK, World Vision and CHW Central are partnering in an initiative to support CHW Visions, a series of interviews with leading academics and thought leaders to help us envision the future of CHWs differently. 

Rapid scale-up of the community-based health workforce has been recognized as a global priority for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including target 3.8 to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), in the hardest-to-reach and underserved communities. Scale-up of effective CHW programs has received overwhelming attention over the last 5 years, with a proliferation of academic research, as well as efforts to consolidate key findings, systematic reviews and best practices. The WHO are currently developing guidelines for CHW programs for international use in the SDG era. But how much of the existing research really addresses the full vision that the SDGs force us to consider? As a community, we are finally realising the aspiration of the human right to health as the highest attainable physical and mental health through the channel of the SDGs.

CHW Central is managed by Initiatives Inc. Site start-up was supported by the USAID Health Care Improvement Project in 2011.

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