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

CHW Central is proud to have a number of partner organizations committed to strengthening Community Health Workers.

Initiatives Inc.
Initiatives Inc. manages CHW Central, a global resource for and about CHWs, designed to strengthen CHW programs. Initiatives is committed to improving access to quality primary health care for people in underserved communities. Our technical and management support enables organizations and communities to link, coordinate, and deliver health services with the goal of providing solutions for better health. 


Core Group

Our challenge is to improve the health and well-being of traditionally underserved populations globally who are not making progress towards the MDGs. The CORE Group is uniquely positioned to bridge this gap by helping governments and NGOs effectively reach the community level, integrate community strategies into the national health plan, and respond to new and emerging health issues that arise.  Since 1997, we have fostered partnerships around the world to provide mothers, fathers, and community leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to improve the health of children.




Founded in 2002 out of MIT’s Media Lab, Dimagi is a software social enterprise that develops technologies to improve service delivery in underserved communities. Dimagi operates on the belief that enabling high-quality mobile solutions at scale can impact millions of people’s lives by transforming frontline programs’ ability to deliver high-value services at the last mile. Active in 50+ countries, Dimagi’s technology platform CommCare and services have supported 500+ projects and hundreds of diverse partners, including governmental ministries, the United Nations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, Google, Microsoft, Dannon, Novartis, GE, Intel, GlaxoSmithKline, World Bank, NIH, MIT, Harvard and many others.

Earth Institute
Through work with Ministries of Health and international and local NGOs, the Earth Institute supports a primary health care model based on the paid employment of full-time, locally hired community health workers who are supervised by and share tasks with health facility staff. This approach to addressing the need for additional human resources has resulted in ongoing direct support for national scale-up of community health worker (CHW) programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Millennium Villages Project is the Earth Institute's demonstration of how effective CHWs can be when an integrated program is implemented in close communication with local and national institutions. The Earth Institute also hosts the Secretariat of the One Million CHWs Campaign, a global effort to support African governments to enhance and expand their  CHW systems, to close the gap on achieving systematic healthcare coverage.



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Food for the Hungry
Food for the Hungry (FH) currently works through 12,160 volunteer CHWs (Care Group Volunteers) formed into 1,209 care groups who conduct outreach to nearly 160,000 households (with over 325,000 preschool children) worldwide. FH supports CHW programming through creation and dissemination of a website that has online presentations on care groups and tools to use with care groups. The site includes lesson plans, quality improvement and verification checklists, planning tools, formative research methods, and other tools. FH also supports CHW programming by involvement in the TOPS project , which provides capacity building and nurturing of a food security community of practice globally, especially in terms of social and behavioral change programming.



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Global Health Workforce Alliance
The Global Health Workforce Alliance (the Alliance) is a global partnership dedicated to finding and implementing solutions to the global health workforce crisis. In 2010, the Alliance commissioned a systematic review and organized a global consultation on Community Health Workers (CHW). The consultation's report and key messages provide countries with recommendations on how to integrate CHWs into their national health workforce. Recently, the Alliance, together with WHO, IFRC, UNICEF and UNHCR launched a joint statement on "Scaling-up the Community-Based Health Workforce for Emergencies".



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Health Systems Global

The Thematic Working Group within Health Systems Global brings together academics, policy makers and people implementing programmes to share, explore and understand the existing evidence base and generate new knowledge to ensure that community health worker programmes are accessible, equitable and efficient. This is underpinned by the notion that if we want to improve and scale up community health worker programmes we need evidence. Research on how to integrate these workers into the larger health system, manage, coordinate and incentivise community health workers, and monitor and evaluate the impacts of these programmes is crucial for guiding decision makers. 

HRH Global Resource Center
A service of CapacityPlus, led by IntraHealth International, Inc., the HRH Global Resource Center (GRC) is a global library of human resources for health (HRH) resources focused on developing countries. In addition to maintaining a growing collection of freely available HRH materials, the GRC offers librarian support services and an eLearning program to improve access to essential HRH information and training for those working at all levels of the health workforce.




International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care
IAPAC has been a strong supporter and advocate for the use of multidisciplinary care teams to deliver patient care in a collaborative, team-oriented approach. We believe that a multidisciplinary approach provides a more rational use of the existing skills and competencies of all member of the health workforce including community health workers.




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IntraHealth International
IntraHealth International is a global health nonprofit that champions the critical role of health workers in health and development. For 35 years, in nearly 100 countries, IntraHealth has empowered hundreds of thousands of health workers to better serve communities in need, fostering local solutions to health care challenges by improving health worker performance, strengthening health systems, harnessing technology, leveraging partnerships and advocating for greater attention to and more resources for the global health workforce to ensure that people most in need have access to health care. IntraHealth leads CapacityPlus, the USAID-funded global project uniquely focused on the health workforce needed to achieve health development goals. IntraHealth helps countries and communities to train, expand, support, and retain community health workers and works alongside health sector leaders to innovate and find ways to integrate the community health workforce into the formal health sector.




Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health has been engaged with projects that use community health workers since the founding of the Department 50 years ago in 1961. The pioneering Narangwal Project in North India in the late 1960s and early 1970s that was one of the first projects in the world to demonstrate a reduction of infant mortality through the use of CHWs supported by a health team as well the mortality impact of community-based diagnosis and treatment of childhood pneumonia. More recently, pioneering research led by its faculty has demonstrated the reduction in neonatal mortality achieved by using community health workers to provide home-based neonatal care.




Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (JHU∙CCP) in Baltimore, MD, implements strategic communication programs and conducts research to enhance access to information and facilitate the exchange of knowledge to improve health and health care. JHU∙CCP is a recognized leader in the field of health communication, with extensive technical expertise and program experience in social and behavior change communication, knowledge management, and training and capacity building.



John Snow, Inc. has long focused on building effective, scalable and sustainable programs by engaging community health workers (CHWs) in more than 20 countries. For example, JSI has implemented large-scale CHW programs in Nepal, Ethiopia, and Pakistan, including over 300,000 volunteers, to bring improved health outcomes to their communities.


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Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is a global USAID cooperative agreement to introduce and support high-impact health interventions in 24 priority countries with the ultimate goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths (EPCMD) within a generation. MCSP supports programming in maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, family planning and reproductive health, nutrition, health systems strengthening, water/sanitation/hygiene, malaria, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and pediatric HIV care and treatment. MCSP will tackle these issues through approaches that also focus on health systems strengthening, household and community mobilization, gender integration and eHealth, among others.




Northwest Regional Primary Care Assiciation 
Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) is a membership association for community health centers (or Federally Qualified Health Centers) in federal region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington).  NWRPCA's mission is to strengthen community health centers in the Northwest by leveraging regional power and resources on their behalf.  Community health centers are leaders in primary care innovation, patient-centeredness and team-based care, and play an essential role in helping to advance the emerging Community Health Worker workforce in the U.S.  NWRPCA recognizes the critical role that Community Health Workers play in helping to create healthy, just, and sustainable communities, and supports Community Health Workers through advocacy, training, and peer-to-peer networking activities.
Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services
The Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services (NOKC) supports the development of quality in the health services by summarizing research, promoting the use of research results, contributing to quality improvement, measuring the quality of health services, and working to improve patient safety. The NOKC Global Health Unit contributes to health systems strengthening by summarizing relevant research findings, supporting the use of research findings, and developing and evaluating methods for doing this. A key function of the Global Health Unit is to host the Norwegian Satellite of the Effective Practice and Organization of Care (EPOC) Group in the Cochrane Collaboration.



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Partners in Health
Partners In Health's (PIH) mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, PIH strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.

PIH draws on the resources of the world’s leading medical and academic institutions and on the lived experience of the world’s poorest and sickest communities. At its root, PIH's mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone.

PIH has decades of experience in partnering with community health workers to deliver high quality health care to those who need it the most.

Save the Children
Save the Children's global Newborn and Child Survival Campaign aims to reach 50 million children and save 500,000 lives by 2015 through training community health workers to promote healthy practices and deliver services at the household and community level, especially essential newborn care; case management of pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria; vaccination; and malaria prevention.


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The promotion and support of CHW programs is a key focus within UNICEF's new equity strategy. UNICEF works with NGOs to train CHWs. UNICEF is also working to raise awareness on the uniqueness of CCM programs in improving health outcomes in an equitable manner and in empowering communities and women in particular. UNICEF has been at the forefront of the conceptualization and promotion of CCM since the 1980s and has issued 4 Joint Statements with WHO on CCM (pneumonia, diarrhea, acute malnutrition and home-based newborn care).



University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC, which celebrated its 45th anniversary last year, is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With our non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 30 countries including the United States. Based in Bethesda, Maryland, URC has about 700 employees around the world. URC manages the Health Care Improvement Project, a USAID-funded project that supports countries in improving the quality and impact of health services. The project assists national and local programs to scale up evidence-based interventions and improve outcomes in child health, maternal and newborn care, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and reproductive health.



USAID is the principal U.S. federal government agency extending assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. An independent agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State, USAID supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting economic growth, global health, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. USAID's Global Health Initiative includes a focus on "Improving human resources for health by training current and additional health workers; deploying workers; motivating, mentoring and retaining trained workers." Supporting and expanding community-based health programs is a central component of USAID's global health work. CHW Central was originally supported by USAID through the Health Care Improvement Project.




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World Vision International
WV has prioritized the support of community health workers (CHWs) as a core methodology for achieving improved maternal and child health and nutrition outcomes at the household level. In support of our strategy we have developed a programmatic approach drawing on internal and external best practice, including the HCI AIM tool. Our approach focuses on strengthening community health systems, entailing the contextualization of best practice standards on a country by country basis. In partnership with national MOH we review their policies, systems, operations and resources, and negotiate strengthening measures. HCI-AIM and our own CHW training curriculum/methodology, monitoring tools and community system strengthening tools provide standards with which to review national resources and propose improvements.



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CHW Central is managed by Initiatives Inc. Site start-up was supported by the USAID Health Care Improvement Project in 2011.

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