IHP news 517: Human Resources for Health

By on April 12, 2019

Community Health Workers and Volunteers: The Most Effective Path to UHC


“Paid or volunteer? Community health workers are on the frontlines in many countries—and vital to achieving universal health coverage. Yet the public health community has not reached a consensus on which model is the best.  

.. Based on our experiences in rural Peru and Ethiopia, it’s not either-or. It’s both.

.. While paid health workers can do the “heavy lifting” in providing a comprehensive package of services, the volunteers can provide limited, but valuable, preventive and promotional services, such as home visits to vulnerable families or facilitating peer support groups of nursing or pregnant women.”

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