Theobald S., MacPherson E., McCollum R., Tolhurst R. and REACHOUT (2015) Close to community health providers post 2015: Realising their role in responsive health systems and addressing gendered social determinants of health, The 2014 CAHRD (Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Delivery) Consultation, BMC Proceedings, Volume 9 Supplement 10
Universal health coverage is gaining momentum and is likely to form a core part of the post Millennium Development Goal (MDG) agenda and be linked to social determinants of health, including gender. Close-to-community health providers are arguably key players in meeting the goal of universal health coverage through extending and delivering health services to poor and marginalised groups. Close-to-community health providers are embedded in communities and may therefore be strategically placed to understand intra household gender and power dynamics and how social determinants shape health and well-being. However, the opportunities to develop critical awareness and to translate this knowledge into health system and multi-sectoral action are poorly understood. Enabling close to community health providers to realise their potential requires health systems support and human resource management at multiple levels.
This project is funded by the European Union.