Community Health Workers Can Effectively Provide Health Care On Local Level But More Data Needed

Huffington Post: Bringing Health Care to the Doorsteps of African Communities
Cindil Redick, manager of advocacy & communications for the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign at the Earth Institute at Columbia University

“…[D]espite all of the research and evidence in support of [community health workers (CHWs)], these essential health workers, who are on the front lines of many of the world’s most significant health crises, are often untracked and insufficiently supported. So while we know CHWs are effective at promoting health and delivering critical services, we have a poor grasp of how many CHWs there are in the world, which communities they serve and what services they provide. … For these reasons, among others, the One-Million Community Health Worker Campaign (1mCHW) and Direct Relief teamed up with Esri to build a set of mapping applications, dubbed the ‘Operations Room.’ The Operations Room is an interactive online platform of CHW programs that operate in sub-Saharan Africa. It contains data on CHW counts and population coverage, CHW organizations and (if available) services delivered…” (4/23).