New journal supplement on "Community Health Workers at the Dawn of a New Era" published by BMC Health Research Policy and Systems

13 October, 2021

Dear Friends and Colleagues with an Interest in Community Health and Primary Health Care:

I am pleased to let you know that the ‘Community Health Workers at the Dawn of A New Era’ supplement has been published today! The full content of the supplement can be found at

A PDF of the entire series of 11 articles is attached. [*see note below]


This series of 11 articles, accompanied by an editorial provided by Joseph Zumu and myself – both Guest Editors, provides a comprehensive current view of the entire spectrum of challenges and opportunities that face large-scale CHW programs in low- and middle-income countries. The supplement follows a logical progression of topics: tensions facing large-scale CHW programs; CHW program planning, coordination and partnerships; program governance; financing; roles and tasks; selection, training and continuing education; supervision; incentives and remuneration; relationships with the health system and communities; program performance and assessment; and leading the way to Health for All. The underlying theme of all of these articles is the remarkable potential that these programs have if they are well planned and supported and if they implement interventions that have been proven to be effective through rigorous research.

The supplement provides a vision for what needs to be done to help these programs achieve their full potential. The benefits could be substantial:

Acceleration of progress in achieving Universal Health Coverage and Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths

Marked improvements in the control of priority infectious diseases, and

Meaningful contributions to the control of non-communicable disease NCDs.

The supplement aims to raise awareness of the potential of CHW programs and the urgent need to expand and strengthen them, thereby making them a permanent and essential component of – if not the foundation for – primary health care systems throughout the world.

We hope the supplement will be useful for policy makers, program planners and managers, donors, academics and students, and even community leaders and members, who are eager to accelerate progress in achieving Health for All.

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Warm regards,


Henry B. Perry, MD, PhD, MPH

Senior Associate, Health Systems Program

Department of International Health

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Baltimore, MD, USA 21205; 443-797-5202

HIFA profile: Henry Perry is a Senior Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA. Professional interests: Community health and primary health care. hperry2 nAT

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): HIFA does not carry attachments but the papers are freely available at the above URL]