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Title: Prioritising the role of community health workers in the COVID-19 response
Authors: Ballard, Madeleine
Bancroft, Emily
Nesbit, Josh
Johnson, Ari
Holeman, Isaac
Foth, Jennifer
Rogers, Debbie
Yang, Jane
Nardella, James
Olsen, Helen
Raghavan, Mallika
Panjabi, Raj
Alban, Rebecca
Malaba, Serah
Christiansen, Molly
Rapp, Stephanie
Schechter, Jennifer
Aylward, Patrick
Rogers, Ash
Sebisaho, Jacques
Ako, Clarise
Choudhury, Nandini
Westgate, Carey
Mbeya, Julius
Schwarz, Ryan
Bonds, Matthew H
Adamjee, Rehan
Bishop, Julia
Yembrick, Amanda
Flood, David
McLaughlin, Meg
Palazuelos, Daniel
Abstract: COVID-19 disproportionately affects the poor and vulnerable. Community health workers are poised to play a pivotal role in fighting the pandemic, especially in countries with less resilient health systems. Drawing from practitioner expertise across four WHO regions, this article outlines the targeted actions needed at different stages of the pandemic to achieve the following goals: (1) PROTECT healthcare workers, (2) INTERRUPT the virus, (3) MAINTAIN existing healthcare services while surging their capacity, and (4) SHIELD the most vulnerable from socioeconomic shocks. While decisive action must be taken now to blunt the impact of the pandemic in countries likely to be hit the hardest, many of the investments in the supply chain, compensation, dedicated supervision, continuous training and performance management necessary for rapid community response in a pandemic are the same as those required to achieve universal healthcare and prevent the next epidemic.
DeCS: Infecções por Coronavirus
Saúde de Populações Indígenas
Profissionais de Saúde
Agentes Comunitários de Saúde
Administração de Serviços de Saúde
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2020
Publisher: BMJ Global Health
Citation: BALLARD, M. et al. Prioritising the role of community health workers in the COVID-19 response. BMJ Global Health, v. 5, n. 6, p. e002550, 1 jun. 2020.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002550
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Copyright: open access
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