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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

Program Context

Aida and al-Azza refugee camps were founded in Palestine in 1950 and currently have an estimated population of 7,500 and a population density of roughly 220,000 people per square mile. Aida and Al-Azza are adjacent to the separation wall and a military barracks in Bethlehem in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. A recent report described the Aida camp as the most heavily teargassed population in the world.1 Lajee Center, a community-based cultural center located in Aida, and 1for3, a Boston-based NGO that empowers underserved Palestinian communities, established the Health for Palestine (H4P) initiative to address the social and political determinants of health in both camps. H4P is a community health worker (CHW) program that focuses on non-communicable diseases and psychological trauma related to the historical and ongoing colonial violence that so profoundly mark trajectories of Palestinian refugee wellness.  The program’s goal is to generate a people-centered grassroots health movement that will coordinate with existing health delivery partners, which can be integrated into a comprehensive health system. Starting in 2018, the initiative presently supports six CHWs and 80 clients. This case study describes the H4P CHW initiative and shares results of a recent qualitative research study that will help refine the program and contribute to its expansion in this complex environment in which individual health is heavily influenced by geopolitics.

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