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:
Rapid training of healthcare workers without a large lag time between recruitment and deployment.
|Location||West Africa, Senegal, Nigeria, Malawi, Liberia, Kenya, Ghana, Comoros, Burkina Faso, Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, Tanzania|
|Value||USD 2.5 Billion|