Unlocking the potential of the global community health workforce post-Ebola: what are the models and strategies that work?

15643598644_6ac94c776b_zFebruary 2016, Wilton Park

Stronger health systems, with particular emphasis on community health, will be critical to attain universal health coverage and achieve the sustainable development goals. For countries in West Africa recovering from Ebola, community based primary health care has become more critical than ever. This event explored the strategies that can build up a strong community health workforce, with examples of setting up, training, and incentivizing a strong cadre of community health workers.

Event Resources:

Report: Unlocking the Potential of the Global Community Health Workforce

Podcast: How Ebola was Destroyed

Photo: UNMEER/Martine Perret via Flickr under Creative Commons license 2.0

Data for Decision Making: HIFA Online Discussion

September 2015, HIFA Forum

A community health worker taking blood from a tribal woman to confirm Malaria disease in Bandarban, Bangladesh. This is a weekly door-to-door visit by health worker to protect the community from Malaria. Malaria is a major public health problem in more than 13 districts of Bangladesh, of which the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs), Bandarban, Cox's Bazar and Chittagong are highly endemic. Sporadic incidence occurs in other parts of the country.

mPowering, the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign, and Healthcare Information for All (HIFA) are hosting an online discussion on the critical need for data on the number, availability, and locations of frontline health workers, particularly community health workers (CHWs). Join us to share your ideas and perspective on the questions discussed in the Data for Decision Making series on our blog.

 Join the conversation:

  1. Sign up for HIFA’s email forum here: http://www.hifa2015.org/joinhifa/
  2. Review the previous questions and interviews on our blog
  3. At the end of the day on September 1st , check your email for the discussion questions from HIFA
  4. Submit your responses via email and refer to the forum link for updated responses

Photo: © 2013 Sumon Yusuf, Courtesy of Photoshare

(Re)Building Health Systems in West Africa: What role for ICT and mobile technologies?

June 2015, Wilton Park8535380251_85f6ac36e5_z

The Ebola epidemic has exposed the urgent need for strengthening health services and systems in West Africa. This forward-looking dialogue considered the healthcare systems in West Africa; and explored how ICT solutions created in response to the crisis can now be effectively integrated into systems that meet future health needs of populations over the coming decade and beyond. The meeting examined the role that mobile technology can play to help strengthen these systems and support frontline health workers as part of ongoing national and regional planning for post-Ebola health systems recovery.

Event Resources:

Report: (Re)Building health systems in West Africa: what role for ICT and mobile technologies?

Podcast: Ebola- the next steps

Blog Posts: Will This be our Decade of Data Use? (IntraHealth International) and mHealth: Getting it right it West Africa (Qualcomm Wireless Reach)


Photo:  EC/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie