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

By: 
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.

  1. Access to health remains a fundamental human right whose attainment is only possible through achieving other social and economic indicators.  The sessions that speak to this are: Systems thinking as a lens for analysing health and other sectors (Thursday, 11.10.2018 at 11:00 – 12:30, ACC Room 3A) and Improving access to health services through community approaches (Thursday, 11.10.2018 at 11:00 – 12:30, ACC Room 3A).
  1. Address the inequality in the health status of the people particularly between developed and developing countries. Reducing inequality will lead to better quality of life. Sessions of interest include: Community participation: advocacy, accountability and change agents (Wednesday, 10.10.2018 at 14:00 – 15:30, ACC Room 4B) and Corruption and accountability in health systems (Thursday, 11.10.2018 at 14:00 – 15:30, ACC Room 11A).
  1. The people have the right and duty to participate individually and collectively in the planning and implementation of their health care. Session delving into this topic from the point of view of workers and communities are: Engaging communities: approaches, successes and challenges (Wednesday, 10.10.2018 at 11:00 – 12:30, ACC Room 4A) and Taking a gender lens to the health system (Wednesday, 10.10.208 from 16:00 – 17:30 in Room 11C).
  1. Governments must take responsibility for the health of their people by providing adequate health and social care, to enable their citizens lead a socially and economically productive life. Recommended sessions: Attracting, retaining and sustaining the health workforce (Wednesday, 10.10.2018 at 14:00 – 15:30, ACC Room 11B) and Governance and accountability for strong community health systems (Friday, 12.10.2018 at 09:00 – 10:30am, ACC Room 3A).
  1. Primary health care is 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. Sessions relating to this issue include: mHealth: Does it deliver on the promise of improving access to health services (Wednesday, 10.10.2018 at 11:00 – 12:30 in ACC Room 11A); Improving access to health services through community approaches (Thursday, 11.10.2018 from 16:00 – 17:30 in ACC Room 11C).
  1. Primary health care should reflect the socio-economic and political realities of a country and its communities. The debate session: CHWs provide “second-class care” and are a temporary fix to the human resources crisis and health systems constraints (Thursday, 11.10.2018 from 14:00 – 15:30 in ACC Hall 2E) promises a provocative discussion on whether investing in CHWs is good for health system strengthening.
  1. All governments should formulate national policies, strategies and plans of action to launch and sustain primary health care as part of a comprehensive national health system and in coordination with other sectors. Join the world café Sharing Experiences from CHW research and practice to strengthen leadership and management of community health worker programmes (Wednesday, 10.10.2018, from 14:00 – 15:30 in ACC Hall Room 2E).
  1. All countries should cooperate in a spirit of partnership and service to ensure primary health care for all people since the attainment of health by people in any one country directly concerns and benefits every other country. Sessions speaking to this include: Scaling-up health system interventions (Thursday, 11.10.2018 from 16:00 – 17:30 in ACC Room 11A) Strengthening the capacity of community health systems (Friday, 11.10.2018 from 14:00 – 15:30 in ACC Room 4B).
  1. A genuine policy of independence, peace, détente and disarmament could and should release additional resources that could well be devoted to peaceful aims and to the acceleration of social and economic development of which primary health care, as an essential part, should be allotted its proper share. A session on Sustaining community health systems is a good way to ensure long-term gains. (Wednesday, 10.10.2018 from 11:00 – 12:30, in ACC Room 11B).

The opening plenary on Wednesday, 10th October 2018, taking place at the ACC Main Auditorium will look at Placing community health systems at the heart of service delivery. We invite you to join us at these sessions to discuss, share and debate on the key factors propelling this agenda.


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