Scaling-up the Community-Based Health Workforce for Emergencies

Joint Statement by the Global Health Workforce Alliance, WHO, IFRC, UNICEF, UNHCR

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Global Health Workforce Alliance, WHO, IFRC, UNICEF, UNHCR

Community Health Worker: JOINT STATEMENT

Publication details

Number of pages: 7
Publication date: 2011
Languages: English

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This Joint Statement was developed by the Global Health Workforce Alliance together with the IFRC, UNHCR, UNICEF and WHO. It aims at drawing attention to the vital role played by CHWs in emergency risk management; promoting the scale-up, training and involvement of CHWs; and reinforcing the community-based health workforce.

The Joint Statement covers the following areas:

  • Community-based actions are critical in managing emergencies;
  • Many different groups make up the community-based health workforce;
  • The community-based health workforce contributes to healthier, safer and more resilient communities;
  • The critical contribution of the workforce is not routinely recognized;
  • Existing health systems need to be well prepared for emergencies;
  • Health systems should reinforce PHC to be better prepared for emergencies; and
  • What countries and partners can do.

In addition, the Joint Statement provides a range of concrete country examples of 'Community-based health workforce in action".

The Joint Statement is supported by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), CARE, Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), International Medical Corps (IMC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Médecins du Monde (MDM), Merlin, Save the Children, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and World Health Organization (WHO).