CHWs (97) Understanding the challenges faced by CHWs

25 June, 2019

I have been based in Mukono, Uganda for the past 10 months working with a small group of 14 Village Health Team members. The project has had three main phases: 1. Conduct a period of indepth qualitative participatory work to understand the challenges faced by CHWs in this area; 2. Co-design an intervention to improve supervision and address some of the challenges working with CHWs, NGOs, District Health Officials and WHO; 3. Implement and evaluate the programme.

I have established a very active WhatsApp group with the 14 CHWs. I am sure they would be happy to be in touch. [*see note below]

Best wishes,


HIFA profile: James O'Donovan is a doctor and a DPhil candidate at Oxford University, UK. His research interests include the use of mobile phones for community health workers in low- and middle-income countries. He is a member of the HIFA working group on CHWs.

[*Note from HIFA moderator (NPW): Thank you James. Giving CHWs a voice is critical (and challenging) and HIFA would love to connect with the 14 Village Health Team members in your group. You are best placed to suggest how, but possibilities might include:

1. making them aware of the CHW Guideline and perhaps select specific aspects that may be of interest to them, and ask what they think

2. making them aware of HIFA and how to join

3. for those unable to join, offering to share their (anonymised) views and perspectives

4. sharing with HIFA what you have learned so far 'to understand the challenges faced by CHWs' in this group.

Are any other HIFA members in direct contact with CHWs? Please get in touch.]