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"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.

The CHW Hub is a product of the partnership between CHW Central and the Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Supporting and Strengthening the Role of Community Health Workers in Health System Development.

Thematic Working Group Goal:
To support the generation, synthesis and communication of evidence on the roll out and functioning of community health worker programs and to enable learning across geographical and political contexts

Bringing together diverse individuals and networks to share knowledge 

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TWG Participation in the second International Symposium on Community Health Workers

22nd - 24th November 2019, Dhaka, Bangladesh | Theme: Potentials of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the Context of Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

Deepthi Wickremasinghe, IDEAS, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Photo credit: © Dahiru Ribadu for IDEAS

Community involvement is vital for making progress towards universal coverage of health services for mothers and newborns. Yet communities cannot work in a vacuum if universal coverage is to be achieved. In the Nigerian context, state government engagement is also important to ensure community health services are embedded in the health system and in the state’s health budget. This engagement creates an enabling environment for scale-up and sustainability. These are the interim conclusions of two studies conducted under the IDEAS project[ii], one quantitative and one qualitative, that evaluated a Village Health Worker scheme in Gombe State, northeast Nigeria.

Over the last 10 years, there has been little change in the maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria, and it remains high at 814 per 100,000 live births in 2015[iii]. In largely rural Gombe State, contributing factors include limited uptake of and access to health services, which hamper universal coverage. Moreover, low adult literacy rates (63.9 in any language and 34.5 in English[iv]) restrict community participation for health, particularly among women.

CHW Hub Resources

Announcing a special collection of articles on community health workers

Thematic Working Group Partners

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