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Community health workers - the first response in emergencies

A community health worker in Chiapas, Mexico, assesses a child with influenza-like illness during the pandemic H1N1 2009 outbreak

Treating common illnesses

Treating people with common illnesses is one role of community health workers. Pneumonia, for example, is a leading killer of children worldwide, including in humanitarian settings where people are displaced that community health workers in many vulnerable countries treat, including in people's homes.

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