Screen Shot 2019-06-22 at 11.14.43.png“By fully harnessing the potential of community health workers, including by dramatically improving their working and living conditions, we can make progress together towards universal health coverage and achieving the health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

The new WHO Guideline on Health policy and system support to optimize community health worker programmes provides evidence-informed guidance on *how* to fully harness the potential of CHWs.

Download the highlights here:
https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/275501/WHO-HIS-HWF-CHW-2018.1-eng.pdf?ua=1


Barriers to achieving health goals
• Lack of health workers,
• Unevenly distributed health workers and facilities,
• Most vulnerable people and communities unable to access health services,
• Low quality of care, and
• Inadequate health worker training, supervision and support.

The WHO Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 encourages countries to adopt a diverse, sustainable skills mix, harnessing the potential of community-based and mid-level health workers in inter-professional
primary care teams.

The WHO document on which this product is based provides evidence-based policy guidance to support national strategies and investments to build fit-forpurpose community-based health workforces.

The increased coverage of essential health services and improved equity in coverage envisioned by well-functioning community health worker programmes will result in fewer deaths and illnesses and lower disease burdens.

Best wishes, Neil