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

Let us not forget the people at the heart of the health system: community health workers #CHWs


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.

Three Lessons We Can Learn from 40+ Years of Community Health Worker Programs

“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

Community health data: An important first step in ensuring good quality services for all

Bangladesh is an informal settlement in Nairobi. At the Bangladesh Community Health Unit, Mary Achieng gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, Michael Baraka, on 8.12.2016 weighing 4.1 kilograms. BCG and birth polio vaccinations were administered on the day of birth and they were given their next appointment a month later. Josephine, however, did not take the baby for the next appointment.

Building a resilient and responsive health system needs strong community support

Forget about these people in the national office,” said Maria (not her real name). “They are not in touch with reality!” Maria is a district health manager in Kenya. This was her response when I asked how closely she works with the national Ministry of Health in delivering community health services.

Women in the changing world of community health work

During US President Obama’s visit to Kenya in July 2015, he warned that nations would not succeed if they continued treating women as “second class” citizens.


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