Webinar - two key issues of CHW program and how best it can be linked with the community health system, 22 May 2019

10 May, 2019

Dear all

CHW Webinar coming up on May 22nd. Registration link below!


Joint webinar between CH- CoP and ICH project- 22nd May, 1 pm GMT

Cross posting: Joint webinar between CH- CoP and ICH project.

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,ies, 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 particuticularly relevant when we have seen the recognized national CHW programmes - such as the Ethiopian Health Extensiion Worker Prograamme, 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.

The Speakers

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.

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Best wishes


Faye Moody

Programme Coordinator

International Public Health Department,

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

Tel: +44 151 705 3280

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HIFA profile: Faye Moody is Programme Administrator at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK. Professional interests: Secretary to the Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group on Community Health Workers, and also interested in Research Uptake. She is a member of the HIFA working group on information for Community Health Workers. She is a member of the HIFA working group on information for Community Health Workers.



faye.moody AT lstmed.ac.uk