The rapid scale-up of community health workers (CHW) is a global priority for achieving universal health coverage (UHC), in countries experiencing severe health workforce deficits. However, the grassroots origin of CHW programs has led to fragmented implementation by NGOs and donors, which can impede country ownership and efforts to fully unlock the potential of the CHW workforce. With the objective of the UHC goal in mind, efforts must be made to build resilient and responsive CHW systems – requiring policymakers, communities, health workers, NGOs, donors, advocates, and researchers to achieve collective action. In 2013 the Core Group developed the CHW Principles of Practice (CHW-PoP), setting a precedent for harmonized working practices by NGOs in support of a government-led multi-stakeholder framework. The Joint Commitment to Harmonized Partner Action for Community Health Workers and Frontline Health Workers released in 2014 was signed by many NGOs, donor agencies and governments. In preparation for the upcoming Health Systems Global in Vancouver, session on "Harmonization in Action" World Vision has partnered with Core Group and Frontline Health Workers Coalition member NGOs to conduct a brief survey to assess progress towards implementing harmonized CHW programs, and explore barriers that may still exist in some contexts.
In this survey we invite you to respond on behalf of your organization to identify current practices and any share your reflections on ongoing barriers to harmonization you currently experience in the field. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes of your time to complete. Please note that results of the survey may be published. Thanks in advance for your kind participation!
Checklist derived from CHW “Principles of Practice” and Joint Commitment for Harmonized Partner Action. In this framework harmonization is defined by a “three ones’ paradigm for harmonization of CHW and FLHW initiatives and interventions through one national strategy; one national authority; one monitoring and accountability structure”