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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

For World AIDS Day 2018, we want to recognize the critical role that community health workers play in the HIV/AIDS response. Across the globe, CHWs of various kinds—from full-time salaried community health workers to part-time peer educators and mentor mothers—provide services essential to ensurring continuum of care, combating stigma and discrimination, and supporting the psycho-social needs of patients. Without them, many countries would not be able to ensure widespread access to quality HIV/AIDS services.

As we celebrate achievements and progress toward the 90-90-90 goals, let’s remember the importance of CHWs to these aims and accelerate our efforts to improve the sustainability of and support for CHW programs.

As food for thought, we offer three of this year’s publications on CHW contributions to HIV/AIDS service delivery.

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