To help address the global health workforce shortage, CSD’s One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign team works with governments and communities to strengthen CHWs systems. The 1mCHW Campaign, which has a partnership base of over 150 organizations from UN agencies, civil society, the private sector, and academia, is dedicated to increasing the number and quality of CHWs throughout sub-Saharan Africa. It was launched in January 2013 and builds upon the work and findings of the One Million Community Health Workers Technical Task Force that was convened by the Earth Institute in 2011. The report was based on case studies of CHW programs in several countries, including the Millennium Villages Project CHW program model, and includes recommendations from a wide array of technical and policy experts.
To help close the gap on universal health care, the 1mCHW Campaign actively supports governments and public-private partnerships to scale-up and strengthen community-based health systems by:
- Advocating for the recognition of CHWs as a formal cadre of health workers and their integration into primary health care systems
- Providing technical assistance to governments seeking to enhance and scale-up nationally recognized CHW programs
- Urging financing organizations to support CHWs and to motivate countries to increase mobilization of their own resources
For more information about the 1mCHW Campaign, visit http://1millionhealthworkers.org.