World Health Worker Week 2015
Honoring Health Workers Around the Globe
Community health workers are the foundation of the health system. World Health Worker Week is an opportunity to mobilize communities, partners, and policy makers in support of health workers in your community and around the world. Advancing Partners and Communities (APC) has been working to advance global leadership in community health, support policies and programs surrounding community health workers and ultimately improve health outcomes. Help us to honor the health workers around the globe that work every day to help improve the health system.
Community Health Systems Catalog
Search a wide range of information about community health systems across 25 countries, learn more about national policies and programs, view snapshots of family planning activities by country, and analyze the data on the different cadres within each program and country.
Spotlight on Health Workers
- Health Worker Spotlight: Alemnesh Assefa, L10K
Alemnesh Assefa is a 27-year-old Health Extension Worker. She is a government employee health worker who serves in a village. In the village, the lowest health structure is called a health post where two HEWs serve a population of 5,000. Each health post is supervised by a health center which supports 5 health posts, i.e. a population of 25,000.
- Health Worker Spotlight: Paul Mulawa, WellShare International
Paul Mulawa is a 38-year-old Family Planning (FP) Champion and Village Health Team (VHT) member in the Iganga District, Ibalanku subcounty of Uganda. Elected by the community, Mulawa l’s VHT works within their community to promote FP, encourage individuals to immunize their children, and discuss hygiene in their homes.
- Health Worker Spotlight: Edward Basalirwa, WellShare International
Edward Basalirwa is a 40-year-old Village Health Team (VHT) member and farmer from the Iganga District of Uganda. Edward was prompted to form a VHT Association in the Nsale Parish to improve the community’s well-being, and the VHT was elected in the community by the LC1 chairman, or village leader.
- Health Worker Spotlight: Nana Kofi Akorlegah, HealthKeepers Network
Despite the largely invisible role played by men in terms of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Nana Kofi Akorlegah, a Health Keeper based in Ohiamadwen, a suburb of the Shama district in the Western Region, says he was determined to succeed and has no regrets joining the program.
- Health Worker Spotlight: Nana Ohene Kwatia, HealthKeepers Network
Nana Ohene Kwatia, a HealthKeeper who lives at Frafraha-Old Town, a Suburb of the Adentan Community in Accra is also the paramount chief of the Obom traditional area, a suburb of Adawso in the Eastern region. Kwatia said his passion to become a health champion compelled him to join HealthKeepers Network (HKN).
- Health Worker Spotlight: Mrs. Getrude Emelyne Kofie, HealthKeepers Network
Mrs Gertrude Emelyne Kofie, a Health Keeper based in Ashiyie, a suburb of Adenta in the Greater Accra Region has said that, despite the several challenges confronting her profession as a health worker, she is still determined to continue impacting positively people’s lives.
- Health Worker Spotlight: Peace Amegadzie, HealthKeepers Network
According to 40-year-old Mrs. Peace Amegadzie, her childhood aspiration was to become a fashion designer, but she has still not regretted switching. As a health worker, she is helping people to improve their health and it has also kept her employed and able to support her family.
- A Physiotherapist in Cambodia Gives Hope to a 6-Month-Old Suffering from Clubfoot
See what a typical day looks like for healthcare worker, Sin Sokunthy, who works at the VIC rehabilitation center in Cambodia through a project by APC grantee The International Center.
- StationGuards - Training Male Drivers to Promote Family Planning and HIV Prevention
Learn more about APC grantee, HealthKeepers Network, and their work in selling health-promoting products and counseling customers in Ghana.
- Condoms for Family Planning and HIV Prevention - Soap and Toothpaste for Profit
Learn more about the community-based family planning and HIV prevention project in Ghana through the APC grantee HealthKeepers Network.
Through a grant awarded under APC, World Vision will enable more than 1,900 people with disabilities including victims of war, especially women and girls, to attain and maintain maximum independence. Listen to three interviews from health workers on the Colombia TEAM Project.