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Advocates, Practitioners Call For Scale-Up Of Community Health Workers In Sub-Saharan Africa

Huffington Post: A Call to Scale-Up Community Health Workers
Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and Sonia Sachs of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University on behalf of the 1 Million CHW Campaign

“Public health officials and practitioners from around Africa and from international public and private organizations, businesses, and universities, met in Accra, Ghana, June 9-11 to consider ways to scale-up the coverage of high-quality community health worker (CHW) systems in our countries to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). In the meeting they pledged to work together to speed the scale-up of CHW systems in sub-Saharan Africa, and issued the following urgent appeal. … We call on world leaders to heed the exciting opportunities at hand to save lives by the millions in the coming years through professionalized, high-quality CHW systems linked to overall high-quality health care systems…” (6/15).