Authors: Martin Oliver, Anne Geniets, Niall Winters, Isabella Rega and Simon M. Mbae
Community health workers (CHWs) are used increasingly in the world to address shortages of health workers and the lack of a pervasive national health system. However, while their role is often described at a policy level, it is not clear how these ideals are instantiated in practice, how best to support this work, or how the work is interpreted by local actors. CHWs are often spoken about or spoken for, but there is little evidence of CHWs’ own characterisation of their practice, which raises questions for global health advocates regarding power and participation in CHW programmes. This paper addresses this issue.
Resource Topic: CHW Role, Community Health Workers/Volunteers, Data Collection, Employee Engagement, Job aids, Leadership, Motivation/incentives, Performance-based incentives, Recognition/remuneration, Recruitment and Retention, Supervision, Training
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)