Kate Hawkins, 6 October 2014
REACHOUT was well represented at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research last week. We hosted panels, gave poster presentations and supported the Thematic Working Group on Supporting and Strengthening the Role of Community Health Workers in Health System Development. There was a real buzz around community health workers (CHWs) and they were featured in the final conference statement.
Maryse Kok wrote on the KIT website about our session Close-to-community (CTC) providers and health systems: what are the implementation challenges and how can we overcome them? Participants in the session noted:
“ In Thailand, there is much political commitment and the referral system has improved because of this. CTC providers should be recognized at the heart of the health system”.
“We assume that supervision will happen without planning and paying for it. Supervisors have to feel that they are also accountable for the well-being of the clients, it cannot be solely the CTC provider to feel this burden..”
“Coordination is vital, otherwise CTC providers are lost by the number of supervisors, in addition to the high workload they already have. We need leadership.”
We are delighted to be members of the Thematic Working group. Around 40 members gathered together on Tuesday for a meeting of the group. The meeting was introduced by Lilian Otiso and Diana Frymus, the chairs, who explained the background to the group and its aims and objectives. Much of the meeting was taken up with small group work where we discussed the research priorities which we feel the group should pursue and brainstormed potential activities for the next year.
Some of the (very preliminary) headlines are below:
To become member of the Thematic Working Group “Supporting and strengthening the role of Community Health Workers in health systems development” , please e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
It is difficult to do justice to all of the sessions on CHWs at the conference. We have tried to capture some of the Tweets and photos of notable moments in the Storify below.
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