Community health workers: a strategy to ensure access to primary health care services
AbstractAccess to primary health care is one of the major challenges faced by developing countries, including those of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. Experiences from both within and outside the Region have shown that the training of community health workers in the delivery of primary health care can improve timely access to primary health care services, and eventually reduce morbidity and mortality due to preventable diseases. This report provides an overview of community health worker programmes by introducing best practices and examining the success factors and challenges from both inside and outside the Region. The main elements of scaling-up community health worker programmes are outlined based on information collected from countries of the Region that are implementing community health worker programmes. The report is aimed at policy-makers seeking to improve the access of all highly-disadvantaged groups to primary health care services through community health worker programmes
World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. (2016). Community health workers: a strategy to ensure access to primary health care services. World Health Organization. Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/249563
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