CHWs (173) Empowering CHWs to accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage: Selected highlights of Discussion 1

23 September, 2019

In June and July HIFA hosted a thematic discussion on the WHO Guideline on health policy and system support to optimize community health worker programmes (CHW Guideline), launched in October 2018.

This first discussion looked especially at Recommendations 1-5, covering issues of selection, training and certification.

The full text of the discussions (198 pages) is available here:

The long edit (36 pages) is here:

Selected highlights (3 pages) are now available here:

Please note the 'selected highlights' are intended to give a flavour of the diversity of views, and were selected by the HIFA moderator for the purpose of stimulating further discussion and debate. They are not necessarily representative of the discussion as a whole. For an overview of the whole discussion, including profiles of all contributors and citations, see the Long Edit.

Metrics: We had 153 contributions from 40 members in 17 countries (Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Germany, India, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia). All inputs below are direct verbatim quotes, selected from the Long Edit.

The HIFA working group is now preparing the second thamatic discussion, which will take place in late October/November and will cover the remaining issues/recommendations in the CHW Guideline.

With thanks, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Community Health Workers - Supported by the World Health Organization

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