You very correct as regard Nigeria experience. I happened to be one of the Community Health Practitioners in Nigeria. Community Health Officer (CHO) to be precise.
The training of CHO is taking place at University Teaching Hospitals leading to the award of Higher Diploma in Community health. Duration: 2 years. Candidate to the admitted for this training must be a CHEW with five years post qualification experience.
Other cadres are being trained at Colleges of Health Technology for duration of 2years for JCHEW and 3 years for CHEW
All Community health practitioners must be registered and licensed to practice by the Community Health practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria.
Community health practitioner in Nigeria, have both Clinical based and Community based Functions. In the community, we spend substantial part of time on home visit, contact tracing and house to house immunization.
We also supervise Traditional Birth Attendants in the Community.
We have a formidable professional association: National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria (NACHPN)
As the main primary health care service providers in Nigeria, our Association is opened and ready for collaboration with individuals, similar professional association in other countries, international organization and stakeholders etc, to better achieve our goal of health for all Nigerian.
I am very happy to be a Community Health worker.
HDCom. H. PGDE, MPH, MSc
Community health: our Concerns
HIFA profile: Tijani Musibau Akande is Community Health Officer at the Ministry of Health, Ogun State, Nigeria. Professional interests: Primary Health Care and Community Health. tijanimao AT gmail.com