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


Our vision is to improve and sustain a dynamic global web-based resource that promotes and engages CHWs, enables the wide and rapid sharing of information about CHW work and management, offers resources to help improve CHW programs and CHW performance, and provides a forum for continuous and online discussions and exchanges among CHWs, public health professionals and program managers in the United States and across the globe.

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Community Health Worker in Uganda focusing on iCCM to combat malaria deaths in children

In Uganda, over 18,000 children under five die from malaria each year. Delayed treatment is a common cause of childhood deaths, especially in rural Uganda where distance to health facilities presents a major challenge.

“Most of the children would suffer from malaria, diarrhoea, and coughs. But instead of taking the children to the health centre, mothers would often just give them paracetamol at home,” explains Lucy Irumba, a volunteer community health worker (CHW) in Hoima district, mid-western Uganda.  “Sometimes, the children would die as a result. As a mother and a grandmother, this is very painful to witness, when you know it is avoidable.”

The second week of April is “World Health Worker Week” globally, and “National Public Health Week” in the US. These events give us a chance to reflect on the important roles of medical and public health workers in making all our lives healthier and better.

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