CHWs (36) Community health worker saves lives

9 June, 2019

How fortuitous that Tropical Health should carry the report below about the usefulness of having Community Health Workers - CHW.

We had just been commenting on Mr Massimo’s posting [on our sister forum, CHIFA] earlier today.


Subject: [tropicalhealth] Community health worker saves lives

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“A community health worker called Markson, who had been trained by social justice organisation Last Mile Health in the diagnosis and treatment of simple malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea and malnutrition, quickly transferred the boy and his mother to the clinic. Thanks to him, Patrick survived. He was lucky because Markson was able to identify and diagnose the complicated symptoms malaria, and acted quickly upon this.”

Community health worker Markson with a mother and her child

This one community health worker’s training and quick actions show how critical their role is in saving lives. “Many may think having a community health worker is a luxury, but that is false,” says Dr Niyonzima. “When community health workers are trained and supervised, and receive regular medical supplies and financial compensation, they do a good job. Their role needs to be integrated into primary healthcare systems and it would be a mistake to ignore this - the price is too high.


HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group: jneana AT