Community Health Workers have proven to be effective for achieving universal health coverage in resource constrained settings, Dr Victor Asare Bampoe, Deputy Minister of Health, has stated.

Dr Bampoe, who was speaking at the opening ceremony of financing Community Health Worker Systems in sub-Saharan Africa in Accra, yesterday, added that in the last four decades, major health policies had been targeted at expanding basic health services that would be available to people living in deprived areas. He said government and the Earth Institute recognized the potential of community health workers, hence the need to come together to create an operational roadmap to build the capacity of long serving trainable volunteers into a National Community


Health Workers Cadre, with the aim of building a support base for community health officers to deliver preventive and curative services at the household level. The initiative, the Deputy Minister said, was an integrated health system strengthening approach where all community-based health interventions would be harmonized under the Community Based Health Planning and Services program.

Dr Bampoe said the Ministry had the belief that financing the community health worker initiative sustainably would provide an antidote to the volunteer fatigue most health systems were experiencing as they continually evolved to meet the changing epidemiological and demographic needs of rapidly transforming communities.


In his remarks, Dr Kwesi Botchwey, Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission, disclosed that government had executed several health interventions in pursuit of primary health care which had been very successful, despite the challenges in terms of financing sustenance and expansion as the country had experienced economic slowdown which increased pressure on available resources.


According to Dr Botchwey, the Rural Health Program was needful for the rural communities for whom the preventive and curative service for households was a first critical step.
He was hopeful that the collaboration to find sustainable ways of financing Community Health Worker Systems before setting up the Sustainable Development Goal would be a clarion call worth sounding.


Source: ISD (Chantal Aidoo & Naa Palm)










Created: 10 June 2015
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