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Community health workers - the first response in emergencies

A child being weighed in a displaced people's camp in Rugari, Burundi
WHO/Madeleine Decker

Recovering from disasters

The work of community health workers in acute crises helps devastated health systems recover and be more resilient in the future. The skills and knowledge of such workers provides the base on which local health services have been built back better in many countries, such as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi, where health care is being provided in camps for people displaced by long-running conflict.

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