It isn’t often that one gets two conferences in one; but the well-attended pre-conference side sessions at the Third Global Forum on HRH held in Recife, Brazil provided such an opportunity. The topic of particular interest to me was how support for community health workers (CHWs) and primary health care (PHC) systems could be better coordinated to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, scale up access to PHC and finally move toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
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.
In many countries, community health workers (CHWs) are the last mile of the supply chain and the most difficult to reach with life-saving medications and supplies. Yet it is in these communities that sick children live and where CHWs have the greatest chance to increase child survival. Getting medicines to these CHWs is often challenged by harsh geography, infrastructure, and poor information flow.