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Who are the Real Community Health Workers in Tshopo Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Publish Date: May 2019
Author: MCSP and Partners

Recent years have seen increasing momentum towards task shifting of basic health services, including using community health workers (CHW) to diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses. Yet few studies have examined the role of traditional healers in meeting families’ and communities’ health needs and liaising with the formal health system. We examine these issues in Tshopo Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country with high rates of child mortality.