CHWs (2) What are your thoughts on the new CHW Guideline? What questions do you have about it?

31 May, 2019

Dear HIFA-Zambia colleagues,

Here are the four suggested questions to guide us through our first thematic discussion, starting tomorrow 1 June 2019. This first discussion will focus on selection, pre-service training, and certification issues (Guideline Recommendations 1,2,3,4,5). However, we welcome contributions on *any* aspect of CHWs at *any* time. And, to start us off, we especially welcome your inputs on Question 1: What are your thoughts on the Guideline? What questions do you have about it?

Q1. What are your thoughts on the Guideline? What questions do you have about it?

Q2. Recommendation 1 suggests certain criteria to use and not to use for selection of CHWs. How do these criteria relate to current practice in your country/experience? Are these criteria implementable in your country/experience?

Q3. Recommendations 2, 3 and 4 make suggestions on length of pre-service training, competency domains and modalities. How do these suggestions relate to current practice in your country/experience? Are they implementable in your country/experience?

Q4. Recommendation 5 suggests using competency-based formal certification for CHWs who have successfully completed pre-service training. How does this suggestion relate to current practice in your country/experience? Is it implementable in your country/experience?

The new WHO Guideline: Health policy and system support to optimize community based health worker programmes is available here:

https://www.who.int/hrh/community/en/

From this URL you can download the Guideline in full (116 pages). Selected highlights (12 pages) are available in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We look forward to learn from your experience and expertise. We especially welcome input from the front line of primary health care, from CHWs and those who work with them. That said, *everyone* on HIFA potentially has something to contribute. To send a message to HIFA, simply send an email to: hifa@hifaforums.org

(If any questions, email me at neil@hifa.org )

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Community Health Workers

http://www.hifa.org/projects/community-health-workers

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HIFA-Zambia profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is the coordinator of HIFA-Zambia and the HIFA campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ). Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org