The way India pays its network of community health workers may push patients and workers to favor sterilization over other methods of birth control, public health advocates say.The health workers must meet government-mandated targets for the number of patients served. Women…

Join GHDonline June 12-16, 2017 for a week-long virtual Expert Panel on Strengthening and Scaling the Community Health Workforce. Panelists and participants will discuss what it takes to build effective, sustainable and scalable community health worker (CHW) programs.

Countries that formally include Community Health Workers (CHWs) in health systems outperform countries where CHWs often work without a formal job description or stable paycheck, according to an editorial in the Lancet Global Health.  

In Zambia, most expectant mothers find themselves walking several miles to ill-equipped health care facilities to deliver their babies, a predicament that has led to a maternal mortality rate 10 times higher than the US.   The new initiative—Saving Mothers, Giving Life—aims…

Relying on community health workers (CHWs, local people trained for basic health promotion and care delivery) in low- and middle-income countries seems like a no-brainer. It’s been a mainstay of global health for decades. But, writes Sebastian Bauhoff, “the full costs…