One million CHW Campaign advocates for the national scale up of professionalized CHWs coupled with the generation of reliable, real time data through the use of m-health technologies.
The mission of the One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign is to accelerate the attainment of universal health coverage in rural sub-Saharan Africa by supporting governments, international partners, UN agencies, and national stakeholders dedicated to community health worker scale-up in the context of health systems strengthening.
We aim to achieve this by:
Advocating for the recognition of Community Health Workers (CHWs) as a formal cadre of health workers,
Providing technical assistance to governments and organizations seeking to enhance and scale-up national CHW programs, and
Urging financing organizations to support CHWs and to motivate countries to increase mobilization of their own resources and to request support from donors until the government no longer need such external support.
90-90-90 Campaign/1mCHW Campaign/MP is a unique partnership stemming out of the UNAIDS-MVP MTCT Free Zones initiative that recognizes the vital role played by CHWs as frontline workers hence seeks to empower CHWs to support the achievement of the 90-90-90 target. 90-90-90 is an ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic.
WHY COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS
In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), 10-20% of children die before the age of 5. Maternal death rates are high and many people suffer unnecessarily from preventable and treatable diseases, from malaria and diarrhea to tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Community health workers (CHWs) are known to deliver life-saving health care services that can address these health issues where it’s needed most, in poor rural communities. CHWs also help keep track of disease outbreaks and overall public health, and offer a vital link between undeserved populations and the primary health care system.
CHWs have been recognized for their success in reducing morbidity and averting mortality in mothers, newborns, and children. They have proven crucial in settings where the primary health care system is weak and represent a key solution to address the realization that there are not enough skilled health workers to meet the growing needs of people in SSA. However, it is important to recognize that CHWs are most effective when properly supported and deployed within the context of an appropriately financed health system.