EHS-COVID (260) Community health workers for pandemic response (2)

17 April, 2021

Dear all,

The message below is forwarded from [CORE Group rmncah] Are you ready for the ICHC 2021? Below this are details of a session on 19 April of particular relevance to our current discussion on HIFA. Would anyone like to volunteer to attend this (free) and share learning?


Dear colleagues,

We are excited to welcome you, virtually, to the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference 2021, taking place next week from Monday 19 - Thursday 22 April 2021.

Thank you very much for registering for the conference. We are pleased to announce that the ICHC 2021 Conference website is now live! (click here to access website) You will be able to access the full agenda (also attached), all the plenaries, concurrent sessions, the virtual marketplace, and more. If you have not yet registered, please do so to access the conference platform.

Join over 500 participants from all around the world for four tremendous days of country experience sharing, learning and technical discussions. Make sure your profile is updated and get ready to network!

Our conference platform is interactive and we strongly encourage you to explore the platform! Please be sure to visit the virtual Marketplace where you can learn about new tools and technical resources, read about ongoing and recently published research, chat with presenters about their work and network.

As you explore the conference platform, you will earn ‘Tech Points’ each time you click on links, RSVP to sessions and start or respond to discussion chats. A prize awaits the individual with the most Tech Points!

Remember to follow us for live updates on Twitter at @ICHC2021, please use Twitter to spotlight your conference take-aways, and use our hashtags to stay in the loop during the conference. #ICHC2021 #Community Health

See you online next week!


The ICHC Organizing Team


Plenary: Community Health in Pandemic Response (COVID-19 and beyond)


Community-based health care is essential for bringing critical services to the most vulnerable. As trusted members of society, the community health workforce, including community health workers, help families make informed decisions about their health and well-being, and educate them on available services. This community health workforce, supported by other community platforms (civil society and community-based organizations) are an integral part of primary health care and uniquely positioned to plan, provide frontline support, and respond to emergencies, often serving as a bridge between communities, the formal health system, and government authorities. Emergency preparedness efforts must incorporate community platforms to ensure timely, rapid and effective response to emergencies and ensure continuity of select essential services at community level. We have an opportunity to garner lessons from country experiences on the role of community health systems in the response to COVID-19 to maintain essential health services in future shocks. Participants will appreciate and advocate for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to community-based activities in emergency preparedness and response to strengthen resilience of community and health systems. By institutionalizing community health as part of resilient primary health care systems we will not only ensure effective emergency response, we will protect the community health workforce, sustain services, shield the most vulnerable and lay the groundwork for better health for all.


Best wishes, Neil

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,