Reducing Child Mortality: Training and Motivating Community Health Workers
- Community health workers are at the heart of child survival programs. These volunteers are trained to identify, inform, educate, treat, and monitor the health of the most vulnerable children and mothers.
- UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have long asserted that providing health education for women in the community is perhaps the most important and effective intervention for saving the lives of children.
- The most widely read publication on child survival, UNICEF’s “Facts for Life” states: “It is possible to save lives and greatly reduce human suffering by expanding low-cost prevention, treatment and protection measures”.
- Training and motivating Community Health Workers is a necessary component of an effective child survival program.
Examples of Projects with Community Health Worker Components: