2019 CHW Symposium in Dhaka, Bangladesh

The 2nd CHW Symposium was organized by the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh in collaboration with:

  • Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Government of Bangladesh
  • James P. Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), BRAC University, Bangladesh
  • Save the Children, Bangladesh


The 2nd Symposium aimed to facilitate better strategic pathways for developing community based programs for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the context of universal health coverage (UHC) and sustainable development goals (SDG).


Potentials of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the Context of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

To learn more, please visit: https://chwsymposium2019.icddrb.org

2017 CHW Symposium in Kampala, Uganda

The 1st CHW Symposium was organized by the School of Social Sciences Public Health team at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and the Ugandan Ministry of Health (MOH). 


Contribution of Community Health Workers (CHWs) toward attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 


CHWs programmes (past, present and future)

  • History and current state of CHWs programmes
  • Recruitment, retention and attrition of CHWs
  • Training models for CHWs programmes
  • Performance, motivation and satisfaction of CHWs
  • Coordination and supervision of CHWs
  • Gender and ethics in CHWs work
  • Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs)
  • CHWs programmes across the world (Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Australia)
  • Challenges, lessons learnt and opportunities

CHWs and health systems

  • Leadership, governance and accountability
  • Human resources for health
  • Financing of CHWs programmes and sustainability
  • Medicines and health supplies
  • Health Management Information System (HMIS) and mobile health
  • Community health innovations
  • Delivery of health services
  • Research priorities and gaps

Role of CHWs in the SDGs era

  • Communicable diseases (malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS, TB and others)
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Maternal, newborn and child health
  • Alcohol, drug and substance abuse
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Universal health coverage (UHC)
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  • Early warning and management of national and global health risks
  • Multisectoral collaboration

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