One Million Community Health Workers

Closing the gap on achieving systematic rural healthcare coverage across rural Sub-Saharan Africa by supporting governments, global partners and national actors dedicated to CHW scale-up in the context of primary health care systems.

One Million Community Health Workers

Community health workers have been recognized for their success in reducing morbidity and averting mortality in mothers, newborns and children. These workers are most effective when supported by a clinically skilled health workforce, and deployed within the context of an appropriately financed primary health care system. However, they have proven crucial in settings where the overall primary health care system is weak. They also represent a strategic solution to address the growing realization that shortages of highly skilled health workers will not meet the growing demands of the rural population.

The campaign works with governments and aid agencies to finance and train the cadre of health workers, each of whom would serve an average of 650 rural inhabitants, at an estimated cost of $6.58 per patient per year. This adds up to an estimated $2.5 billion, which includes funding already being spent by NGOs and governments on these programs. These estimates fall within projected governmental health budgetary constraints and are within the boundaries of donor assistance already pledged and anticipated.

The campaign uses:

  • Point-of-care diagnostics to expand healthcare services in rural areas;
  • Scalable supervision through smartphones to link health workers to national health systems;
  • Standardized care set by rigorous guidelines to allow for the easy flow of treatment protocol;

Rapid training of healthcare workers without a large lag time between recruitment and deployment.


  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • UN Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation...

  • Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute

    Russian Federation | Staff size: 26-50

    The Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute (SIFI), a non-profit, non-governmental organization, was established in 2004 to study the problems of catering services in various sectors and...

  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's...

  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled....


    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 501-1000

    UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and...

  • World Vision

    Implementing NGO
    Staff size: 10,000+

    World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of...

  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

    Ethiopia | Staff size: 101-250

    Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social...

  • Southern African Development Community (SADC) Banking Association

    Botswana | Staff size: Unknown

    The Southern African Development Community (SADC) was established as a development coordinating conference (SADCC) in 1980 and transformed into a development community in 1992. It is an...

  • Save the Children International

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill...

  • Novartis AG

    Goods Supplier
    Switzerland | Staff size: 10,000+

    Novartis AG, was incorporated on 1996, provides healthcare solutions. The Company is a multinational group of companies specializing in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of...

  • Johnson & Johnson

    Service Providers, Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    At Johnson & Johnson we are committed to:

    • Building healthy communities through innovative and impactful healthcare solutions and...
  • IntraHealth International, Inc.

    Implementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 501-1000

    Dedicated to strengthening health workers and the systems that support them, IntraHealth International has served the public health needs of developing countries for 30 years. We bring about...

  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

    Goods Supplier
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 10,000+

    We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world,...

  • Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI)

    Implementing NGO, Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    Gavi is an international organisation that was created in 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. Based in Geneva,...

  • Earth Institute, Columbia University

    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    Columbia’s Earth Institute blends research in the physical and social sciences, education and practical solutions to help guide the world onto a path toward...

  • Cisco Systems

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Cisco enables people to make powerful connections-whether in business, education, philanthropy, or creativity. Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create the Internet...

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Key Information

LocationWest Africa, Senegal, Nigeria, Malawi, Liberia, Kenya, Ghana, Comoros, Burkina Faso, Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, Tanzania
  • Start Date 2013
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 2.5 Billion