Kate Hawkins, 13 August 2014
Human Resources for Health in collaboration with the Thematic Working Group on Supporting and Strengthening the Role of Community Health Workers in Health System Development and REACHOUT is pleased to invite you to submit a manuscript to a new thematic series entitled “Supporting and strengthening the role of close-to-community (CTC) providers for health system development.”
CTC providers are health workers who carry out promotional, preventive and/or curative health services and who are often the first point of contact at community level in countries in the global south. CTC providers usually have at least a minimum level of training in the context of the intervention that they carry out and include a broad variety of health workers, including community health workers (CHWs) and auxiliary health workers. CTC providers are strategically placed as the interface between health systems and the communities they serve. National and international decision-makers are once again turning to (CTC) services in order to strengthen health systems in the context of the momentum generated by strategies to support universal access, delivery of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-MDG agenda. However there are a number of flaws in current systems that need to be better understood. We are at a critical stage in the development of CTC programming and policy which requires the creation and communication of new knowledge to ensure the safety, sustainability, quality and accessibility of services, and their links with both the broader health system and the communities that CTC’s serve.
The series invites papers on a range of topics on close to community providers for health systems development, including, but not limited to, the following:
The deadline for submitting papers is 24th Nov 2014
This project is funded by the European Union.