One Million Community Health Workers

One Million Community Health Workers

Exploring A Day in the Life of Community Health Workers

Happy World Health Worker Week! This week on our blog we are pleased to share a post authored by Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis at Direct Relief. This post highlights  A Day in the Life: Snapshots from 24 Hours in the Lives of Community Health Workersa story map developed by the Campaign, Direct Relief, and Esri, to showcase the critical work of the CHWs we advocate for.


Celebrating World Health Worker Week (April 5 -11, 2015), a new story map from Esri, The Earth Institute at Columbia, and Direct Relief, aims to raise support and awareness for the life changing contributions of community health workers.



In dozens of countries, tens of thousands of women and men get up each morning to travel miles over rough roads and across rivers and streams to provide primary health care in some of the world’s most remote, vulnerable, and hard-to-reach places. At any given moment, these people, known as Community Health Workers (CHWs), are monitoring Ebola contacts, counseling an HIV-positive person, surveying basic health needs, or helping a newborn at risk of pneumonia.

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