Resource Spotlight: Guidelines for Practitioners of Community-Based Worker Systems
Building on and scaling-up community-based worker systems of service delivery is likely to have a greater impact on poverty than continuing to focus exclusively on an expensive professional-based system, with staff who are often remote and unable to access and reach local communities. But any alternative decentralized system must be cost-effective and sustainable, and able to reach into remote rural communities. Community-based service delivery represents an opportunity to actively engage the community in meeting their own, locally specified needs and demands, and in ensuring the accountability of delivery agents. Such improved models and methods represent a significant challenge to many stakeholders involved in service delivery.
The purpose of these guidelines is to assist practitioners and implementing partners to run CBW systems more effectively, maximizing impacts for clients of the service, empowering communities, empowering the CBWs themselves, and assisting governments to ensure that services are provided at scale to enhance livelihoods. The guidelines focus on how to run the CBW system rather than technicalities around HIV/AIDS or natural resources issues. [from introduction]
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The HRH Global Resource Center has other resources on this topic including:
- Community Health Workers: a Review of Concepts, Practice and Policy Concerns
- Community Health Workers: What Do We Know About Them? The State of the Evidence on Programmes, Activities, Costs an Impact on Health Outcomes of Using Community Health Workers
- Moving Towards Best Practice: Documenting and Learning from Existing Community Health Care Worker Programmes
Past Resource Spotlights
- Guidelines for Occupational Safety and Health, Including HIV in the Health Services Sector
- Global Atlas of the Health Workforce
- Overview of Human Resources for Health (HRH) Projection Models