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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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"'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

The Evidence: Officially or Unofficially, CHWs Already Address Violence Against Children | Last year I was working for World Vision’s Technical Services Organisation, which provides technical assistance and training to WV offices and partners. We received a request to analyse the results of a piece of research undertaken by World Vision Canada as part of the ENRICH Programme, funded by Global Affairs Canada. This research was conducted as part of the “It Takes a World” campaign that identified CHWs as the most promising channel to scale up action on violence against children.

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close

Mental health represents a growing global public health concern. Given its nature, it requires tailored approaches that are sensitive to the individual’s needs and promote their sustainable growth and healing. Community health workers (CHWs) are an emerging resource for reaching out to individuals in underserved populations in both the US and other countries with mental health services. The 10th October was World Mental Health day. In recognition of this event, we at CHW Central would like to end the month with an overview of the current literature on, and relevant recent CHW-led approaches for, addressing mental health.

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