Dear HIFA members,
We are happy to invite you for the forthcoming webinar (http://blog.thecollectivity.org/2019/05/07/the-unfinished-agenda-in-comm...) organised by the "Community Health- CoP. (https://www.thecollectivity.org/en/communities/20)
Title: The unfinished agenda in community health: The design, governance and quality of CHW programs
Date: 22nd May
Time: 1 pm GMT
The webinar will focus on two key issues of CHW program and how best it can be linked with the community health system.
The first presentation by Prof. Schneider will debate the following question: when it comes to designing, strengthening and governing national CHW programmes, should we be talking first and foremost about global “best practice” transferable across countries, or should we rather be focusing on national and local contexts of programmes and considering global evidence in the light of this ('best fit')? This is particularly relevant when we have seen the recognized national CHW programmes– such as the Ethiopian Health Extension Worker Programme, the Indian Accredited Social Health Activists, or the Brazilian Family Health Teams, all having unique histories, cadres, characteristics and identities.
The second presentation by Dr Otiso will highlight that in spite of investment in scale-up of CHW program the overall quality of care delivered by CHW programmes is variable across settings. Although quality is central to the new guidelines for optimising CHW programmes, they do not explicitly state how quality should be systematically measured and improved. There remains a paucity of quality improvement models applied to community health, and existing approaches are geared towards facility-based health care. The presentation will share a model developed under USAID-SQALE study, which has successfully integrated quality improvement in CHW programs to improve maternal and child health outcomes in Kenya.
Prof. Helen Schneider is a South African health systems and policy researcher from the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town. Her research interests include community health workers and community health systems, primary health care, district health system strengthening and the governance and leadership role in health systems.
Dr Lilian Otiso is the Director of Programs at LVCT Health, a Kenyan NGO where she leads teams to implement programs and carry out research on HIV, gender based violence, community health and quality improvement. She is the Kenyan lead of the USAID SQALE project implemented by LVCT in partnership with Liverpool School of Tropical medicine.
Sanghita Bhattacharyya, M.Phil, PhD.
Community Health- Community of Practice
HIFA Profile: Sanghita Bhattacharyya is a Senior Public Health Specialist, Community Health- Community of Practice, India.
Email address: sanghita2214 AT gmail.com