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"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.

The CHW Hub is a product of the partnership between CHW Central and the Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Supporting and Strengthening the Role of Community Health Workers in Health System Development.

Thematic Working Group Goal:
To support the generation, synthesis and communication of evidence on the roll out and functioning of community health worker programs and to enable learning across geographical and political contexts

Bringing together diverse individuals and networks to share knowledge 

Rosie Steegeᵃ and Kate Hawkinsᵇ

Occupational segregation by sex is one of the most important and enduring aspects of the labour market globally. This segregation is particularly apparent in health care where women make up over 70% of the health and social care workforce. Yet they remain vertically segregated to the lower tiers of the health system. This is evidenced by the vast numbers of women who make up Community Health Worker cadres worldwide. Tackling these gendered distortions in the health labour workforce is becoming a global priority, with a recent Global Health Workforce Network call for evidence in this area.

Laura Hoemeke (Director of Health Policy & Systems; IntraHealth International)

“To respond effectively and appropriately to needs and expectations, health services need to be organized around close-to-community networks of people-centred primary care…” WHO 13th General Program of Work

The global health community first made widescale investments in community health workers (CHWs) more than 40 years ago. But last month, I left the 71st World Health Assembly wondering whether we had learned anything from CHW experiences over the last several decades.

The 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata underscored the central role of bringing health care “as close as possible to where people live and work” as part of achieving universal primary health care. The declaration, which is being revamped for its 40th anniversary later this year, defined primary health care (PHC) as “essential health care based on practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology made universally accessible to individuals and families in the community through their full participation and at a cost that the community and country can afford to maintain at every stage of their development in the spirit of self-reliance and self-determination.”

CHW Hub Resources

Announcing a special collection of articles on community health workers

Thematic Working Group Partners

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