A Day in the Life of a Community Health Worker

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The Advancing Newborn, Child and Reproductive Health (ANCRE) program, funded by USAID and led by University Research Co., LLC, strengthens the community health system and empowers the population in Benin to make healthy choices. The program trains community health workers (CHWs) to teach others about essential family practices, which include evidence-based practices to curb the avoidable causes of illnesses and reduce maternal, infant, and child mortality. As community leaders equipped with this specialized training, CHWs are uniquely situated to influence families and individuals and promote better health practices. This means that they not only teach about symptoms and prevention but explain what to do and where to go when a child or family member falls ill, encouraging more visits to health centers, which can save lives.

 

ANCRE Health Workers
Clockwise from top right: Marc Etao, CHW in Parc 6 village, Kika Commune; Goudi Djibo, CHW in Kpawa village, Wari-Maro Commune; Tokelo Michelle Victorine, CHW in Tokplégbé village, Cotonou 2&3 commune; Boukari Banigui, CHW in Kpassa village, Kika Commune
Publication Date 
June 2018
Authors 
Mayssa el Khazen
Resource Type 
Project Brochures
Regions/ Countries 
Language 
English