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April 5 - 11, 2015 is World Health Worker Week!  


Visit the World Health Worker Week Portal for CHW profiles, news, events and ways to get involved

Tweet us using the hashtag #whwweek.  

Check out the WHW Week Toolkit

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

CHWs graduating from Rutgers University
Jackie LeGrand

This blog was originally posted on the State Refor(u)m website.

Community health workers (CHWs) are often employed to improve health equity, cultural competency, health literacy and access to care, among other issues. Because they have such varied roles, there are many definitions of CHWs; however, they are commonly identified by their in-depth understanding of the population they serve.

A mother waits with her child to enroll in the Surgical Accompaniment program.
Alexi Matousek MD, MPH

An April 2015 study from the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery1 reveals that five billion people, as many as nine of ten individuals in low and middle-income countries, lack access to safe, affordable surgical care.  This affects the poor, marginalized, and rural populations who have limited funds, long distances to care and poor travel infrastructure. If they do reach care, there are often no surgeons or anesthetists, medications, oxygen, or blood.    

As a teen, Dr. Alexi Matousek spent summers in Haiti watching surgeons operate in austere conditions, extracting tumors, closing wounds and treating other conditions.  It led him to want to be a surgeon and help countries like Haiti address easily treated illnesses before they become fatal.  

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