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Case Studies of Large-Scale Community Health Worker Programs

Publish Date: January 2017
Author: MCHIP

This overview of large-scale community health worker (CHW) programs from 13 countries — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe — aims to inform policymakers and program implementers in designing, implementing, scaling up, and strengthening large-scale CHW programs. CHW programs, by their very nature, are a product of the local context because many geographical, historical, cultural, social and health-system factors influence how CHW programs emerge and evolve. Thus, as is appropriate for a guide such as this, these case studies provide examples of how CHW programs emerge and operate in regions throughout the world—Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South America.