Revisiting community-based health workers and community health volunteers
Other Titlesreport of the regional meeting, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 3-5 October 2007
AbstractThe number and role of Community-based Health Workers (CBHWs) and Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) has expanded following the Declaration on Health for All through Primary Health Care. Today they remain important change agents in promoting health and prevention of disease at the community level in most countries of South-East Asia. However, recognition of and investment in this workforce has slowed down in many countries. The Regional Office, therefore, organized a Regional Meeting on Revisiting Community-based Health Workers and Community Health Volunteers during 3-5 October 2007 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with the aim to advocate for CBHWs and CHVs particularly at a time when we are grappling with high disease burden, workforce shortage and the revitalization of primary health care. The meeting report highlights the significance of social equity and health development. The report also provides information on the development, categories, role and function of CBHWs and CHVs in the SEA Region, country experiences as well as the way forward for countries. The nine key strategic directions for strengthening CBHWs and CHVs which were adopted in principle at the meeting are also included.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2008). Revisiting community-based health workers and community health volunteers. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206334
Gov't Doc #SEA-HSD-309
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