SCALING NATIONAL COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER PROGRAMS
WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE?
Illness is universal, access to care is not. Despite medical and technological advances over the past twenty-five years, half of the global population still lacks access to health care worldwide. 8.9 million people die every year, including 3.6 million children, because they lack access to life-saving reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health services.
Studies show that if we can train community health workers in 30 basic skills, we could save up to 30 million lives worldwide by 2030. Yet scale, quality, and cost remain key barriers to fully establishing and supporting national networks of Community Health Workers.
WHAT’S THE OPPORTUNITY?
Community Health Workers are on the front line of expanding access to care–and this Accelerator is working to expand their impact by supporting more countries in establishing their own national Community Health Worker programs. Building on their work in Liberia, Ethiopia, and Uganda, Last Mile Health has launched the Community Health Academy to revolutionize the training of community health worker and health systems leaders in the digital age, together with a coalition of over 50 partners.
- Launch a MOOC (massive open online course) curriculum, supported by HarvardX and edX, for health systems leaders as part of a longitudinal curriculum aimed at building strong health systems.
- Create a Global Faculty Network to advise on best practices and priority competencies for continuing education.
- Curate an online community of practice to promote sharing of skills and training from countries that are currently implementing or have successfully established their own national Community Health Worker programs.
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PARTNERS ADDED SINCE LAUNCH
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Learn more about community health worker programs, and sign up to take the first online course at