Coronavirus (673) Call for case studies, insights and resources that support mental wellbeing of CHWs

27 May, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

The Community Health Workers Thematic Working Group of Health Systems Global is inviting individuals to please share their learnings and resources that aim to recognise - and ssupport - the mental wellbeing of community health workers (CHWs) woorking in low- and middle-income countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These resources are being collated these via a short survey (<10 minutes). We would be so grateful for your input, so please COMPLETE THE SURVEY HERE by Monday 8 June. http://bit.ly/CHWsmentalhealthSURVEY

The goal of this survey, which we have developed with partner The George Institute for Global Health [https://www.georgeinstitute.org/], is to identify the particular challenges facing CHWs and to assess what resources are available to help them manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, and broader mental distress during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also collecting ideas for such interventions that have not been previously implemented.

Depending on the responses that we receive, we may be back in contact with you for further details or for outreach purposes.

We are hoping to reach as many relevant individuals and groups working with CHWs as possible so please do share this email with your networks and we would be delighted if you might help promote the survey on Twitter. You can follow progress updates with #CHWMentalHealth and please feel free to use the sample tweet below with supporting image(s) attached: [*Note from HIFA moderator: HIFA does not carry attachments. Please contact David for details]

Call for case studies & resources supporting mental wellbeing of community health workers at forefront of #COVID19 response in LMICs

@georgeinstitute @H_S_Global are collating materials via this short survey - pls spread the word:️ bit.ly/CHWsmentalhealthSURVEY #CHWmentalhealth

Thank you so much for your support,

Faye

Faye Moody

Programme Coordinator

International Public Health Department,

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Pembroke Place, L3 5QA

Tel: +44 151 705 3280

SQALE - Sustaining Quality Approaches for Locally Embedded Community Health Services

DRUM CONSORTIUM - Drivers of Resistance in Uganda & Malawi

ARISE HUB - Accountability in Urban Health

CHSG - Community Health SSystems Group

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HIFA profile: David Musoke is a Lecturer at the Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda. Professional interests: Malaria prevention, community health workers, environmental health, public health, disadvantaged populations. He is a member of the HIFA working group on CHWs. www.hifa.org/projects/community-health-workers www.hifa.org/support/members/david-0 dmusoke AT musph.ac.ug