One Million Community Health Workers

One Million Community Health Workers

World Population Day and the relevance of community health workers

Twenty-four years ago, in 1989, leaders of the United Nations (UN) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) named July 11th World Population Day. This annual event was designed to mobilize the international community around the challenges of rapid population growth. The event was originally inspired by the fearful realization that the human population was… [ More ]

Backpack Plus Project

On June 17, 2013, the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign together with UNICEF, Save the Children, the MDG Health Alliance, and frog design launched a blog to share updates from the Backpack PLUS project: The Backpack PLUS project is a multi-phase initiative intended to develop a set of solutions that empowers community health… [ More ]

Health information in the language of the reader, not of the author

Better access to healthcare starts with improving health literacy. In areas with too many patients and too few doctors people suffer or die for lack of information, rather than for lack of medication. In such a setting health information is crucial, but this must be in the language of the user, not of the author…. [ More ]

First National Planning Workshop — A Success!

The Tanzanian government hosted the first multi-country national planning workshop of the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign on April 14-18. Delegates from eight sub-Saharan African countries—Comoros, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zanzibar—participated in the four-day workshop. Country teams worked with members of the Campaign’s secretariat and other partners on plans to scale-up… [ More ]