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"How Community Health Workers Act As A ‘Bridge’ For Patients Needing Extra Help"


For the month of September, the One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign and mPowering Frontline Health Workers are supporting HIFA to hold an in-depth exploration around the need for improved data on community health worker (CHW) programs, and how we can meet these needs in the post-2015 era.  Click here to learn more and join the discussion.


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Video Spotlight

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

Community Health Workers build bridges between communities and health services.

Robin Hammond, 2011

From reproductive health to nutrition to care for chronic conditions, community health workers are being asked to help communities become healthier, particularly in areas where professional health workers are scarce.

Ibby Caputo; WGBH, 2013

Evidence shows that trained CHWs can diagnose and treat children under 5 for malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia, while teaching parents to provide care at home.

Caroline Grogan, 2008

Featured News and Blogs

Polly Walker, Megan McGrath, and Alison Schafer, World Vision International

Maternal psychosocial concerns, which include depression, anxiety, and psychosocial problems in the home such as intimate partner violence (IPV), serve as significant risk factors to healthy child development. In their daily work, Community Health Workers (CHWs) commonly encounter families experiencing these problems, but on the whole CHW trainings don’t include any comprehensive training in these areas. Research has found that CHWs can be trained in simple psychosocial interventions which are found to be effective in reducing symptoms of maternal depression and anxiety, in addition to the distress related to IPV. In turn, such interventions play a role in enhancing children’s health and development.

Dr. Paul Freeman

This is the ninth chapter of the CHW Reference Guide produced under the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, the United States Agency for International Development Bureau for Global Health’s flagship maternal, neonatal and child health project. 

To be effective workers, CHWs need specific competencies and skills. This chapter focuses on how these competencies can be best acquired and ways in which this training can be most effectively organized. The author, Ian Aitken, provides an excellent overview of the key elements of CHW training. As the author notes, this training is not fixed on the basis of an unchangeable blueprint, but rather one that needs to be adapted to:

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