Community Health Worker
Research Snapshot: Public health and management competency requirements for Primary Health Care facility managers at sub-district level in the District Health System in South Africa
Has the process of developing human resource's been geared towards making Primary Health Care a priority?" This is a question to which the previous edition of HST Update drew attention. We continue the debate by focusing on a cadre of health workers operating at the community level of health care.
A Community Health Worker (CHW) may be defined as any health worker delivering health care services and who is trained in the context of the intervention but has no formal professional, certificated or degreed tertiary education. CHW is an umbrella term used for a heterogeneous group of health workers, their scope of practice ranging from implementing biomedical interventions to acting as community agents for social change.
MATERNAL, NEONATAL AND CHILD HEALTH AND NUTRITION PROJECT
Moving Towards Best Practice: Documenting and Learning from Existing Community Health/Care Worker Programmes
Community Health Workers (CHWs) or Community Care Workers (CCWs) are community-selected lay persons providing a community-based health service for which they have been trained although their role has become increasingly important, there is currently concern regarding the effectiveness of programmes that utilise them. The research question is what constitutes best practice in the use of such workers. The term CHW includes all categories of such workers.