The 2nd International Symposium on Community Health workers brought together over 500 participants from 35 countries to explore the theme: ‘Potentials of CHWs in the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the context of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).’ The symposium took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from the 22nd to 24th November, 2019 and was hosted by icddr, b.
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.
Program Context: The Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) is a local non-governmental organization (NGO) serving over 250 villages around Jamkhed in rural Maharashtra, India. Each village has an average population of 1,000. When CRHP was founded in 1970, health indicators in the area were among the worst in India.