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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 

Pamela Bongkiyung, Programme Officer (Communications & Research Uptake) Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine


With the 5th Health Systems Research Symposium taking place in Liverpool from October 8 – 12, 2018, we once again remember Kazakhstan. 2018 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata. The Alma-Ata declaration was signed in September 1978 during the International Conference for Primary Health Care. Its main aim was and is to call all world governments, health workers and development experts to promote and protect health for all.

As seen from the #WhatsYourNumber card circulating on social media, around 18 million more health workers are needed by 2030 to realise the goal of health care for all. Community health workers are essential to achieving this goal. This is why during this year’s #HSR2018, the Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group on Community Health Workers (CHWs) has organized sessions that respond to nine key principles from the Alma-Atta Declaration.

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.

CHW Hub Resources

Announcing a special collection of articles on community health workers

Thematic Working Group Partners

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