One Million Community Health Workers Campaign holds its first National Planning Workshop, Tanzania

1 Million Community Health Workers

The One Million Community Health Workers Campaign held its first National Planning Workshop from 14-18 April in Ifakara, Tanzania, with participation of eight sub-Saharan African countries. Over the four-day workshop, delegates worked to strategically plan for increasing access to primary care through the use of Community Health Workers (CHWs).

The overarching goal of the multi-country Workshop was to assess where the participating countries stand in the process of incorporating CHWs into their national health system strengthening efforts. Honing in on national CHW program frameworks and setting milestones for scale-up (please see attachment) was accomplished through country-specific breakout sessions in which the Ministerial delegates walked through the following integral components of comprehensive CHW systems: Human Resources for Health; Vertical Disease Integration and Health Systems Strengthening; Sustainable Financing and Governance; Information Systems; Training, Supervision and Management; Supply Chain Management; and Payment and Performance Management.

Many key agencies attended the Workshop to help country delegations identify tools and strategies that will be of use to them in their national CHW systems scale-up activities. By the end of the Workshop, the seven countries in attendance – Comoros, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zanzibar – had identified subsequent actions and core commitments required to professionalize, upgrade and expand their CHW cadres.