Do read our editorial from 14 papers on Community health workers in different contexts published in Human Resources for Health: “Close-to-community providers of health care: increasing evidence of how to bridge community and health systems” available at:

This outlines range of close to community providers including CTC providers are known by different names and titles in different contexts as well as synthesising findings on:

  • – Strategies to support CTC providers’ interface role between communities and the health system
  • – The role of the community in the selection and support of CTC providers
  • – The need to move to supportive, structured relationships in CTC supervision
  • – The critical role of programme design, motivation and incentives in responsive and people-centred health systems
  • – Negotiating trusting relationships
  • – Power relationships and gender roles shape CTC interactions at multiple levels.
  • Many thanks


Prof. Sally Theobald

Professor in Social Science and International Health

Department of International Public Health

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Pembroke Place, Liverpool, L3 5QA

Visiting Fellow Institute of Development Studies, Sussex

Tel: +44 (0)151 7053197

Skype: sally.theobald


Proud hosts of HSG 2018