CSIS Blog Posts Highlight Informal Health Worker Training, TB Treatment Programs In India

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Training the Informal Health Workforce in India
Richard Downie, deputy director and fellow of the Africa Program at CSIS, discusses a program in India that trains informal health care providers in an effort to address health worker shortages in rural areas, writing, “Innovations like these are not without risks — particularly during the scale-up phase — and it would be incorrect to view them as alternatives to the formal health system. However, they offer practical solutions to the shortage of qualified health professionals” (5/22).

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Achieving TB Milestones Through Last Mile Delivery in India
Deen L. Garba, research assistant with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses one program’s efforts in India to make progress against TB by taking treatment directly to patients, writing, “While this approach is certainly not the only solution to a TB epidemic that requires a multifaceted approach, it does offer a compelling example of how last mile delivery can be a financially pragmatic approach to treating those with TB in the world’s most difficult-to-reach locales” (5/25).