The Health Systems Global Community Health Workers Thematic Working Group <http://www.healthsystemsglobal.org/twg-group/5/Supporting-and-Strengthen... is calling for expressions of interest for organising and hosting the 4th International Symposium on Community Health Workers (CHWs) to be held in 2025. The 1st symposium hosted by Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda and Nottingham Trent University, UK was held in Kampala, Uganda in 2017 and attended by over 450 delegates from 22 countries around the world. The theme of this symposium was ‘Contribution of Community Health Workers in attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals’. The 2nd symposium <http://chwsymposium2019.icddrb.org/>, hosted by International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2019 and attended by over 500 delegates from 35 countries around the world. The theme of this symposium was ‘Potentials of Community Health Workers in Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Context of Universal Health Coverage’. The 3rd symposium <https://chwsymposiumliberia2023.org/>, with the theme ‘Advancing Community Health Worker Programs to Build Resilient and Equitable Health Systems that accelerate Primary Health Care for Universal Health Coverage’, will be held from 22nd to 24th March 2023 in Monrovia, Liberia.
These symposia bring together various stakeholders including researchers, practitioners, policy makers, academics, donors, civil society, students and CHWs. The symposia provide a platform for sharing evidence, facilitate interdisciplinary research, enhance collaboration, and offer networking opportunities.
The 4th symposium will be organised by the successful applicant, working closely with the Health Systems Global Community Health Workers Thematic Working Group
Host organizations will benefit from an elevated international profile, improved local and international links for future collaboration, increased publicity of in-country CHW work, and a recognized contribution to the development of CHW programmes globally.
We encourage any interested institutions with active CHW programmes particularly from low- and middle-income countries to apply.
Expressions of interest should include the following:
- Name of the host institution(s)
- City and country where the symposium is proposed to be held
- Name and position of the primary contact
- Tentative dates for the symposium
- Proposed venue for the symposium
- A brief statement highlighting the reasons why the institution(s) and country would wish to host the symposium, as well as their fundraising strategy. Any experience in organizing conferences may be included.
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Expressions of interest should be sent by 28th February 2023 to Faye Moody (Faye.Moody@lstmed.ac.uk). Any inquiries may also be directed to Faye.
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