The Supporting and Strengthening the Role of Community Health Workers in Health System Development TWG aims to support the generation, synthesis and communication of evidence on the roll out and functioning of community health worker programmes and to enable learning across geographical and political contexts.

If you would like to find out more about the Community Health Worker TWG, the activities we will be involved in at the Symposium, or engage in this important area of research, why not visit us at the HSG stall in the Marketplace and join us at one of the exciting sessions listed below.

Official TWG Sessions

Session Type Title Description Date & Time Location
Organized session Increasing the voice of community health workers in building resilient and responsive health systems Community health workers (CHWs) play a central role in linking communities to health systems and thereby making health systems more people-centered. This panel session focuses on the need and strategies for strengthening the voices of CHWs, which are essential in building resilient and responsive health systems. 


Friday, November 18, 13.30-15.00 Room 11
Business meeting In this session we will revisit the key issues and strategic objectives that were formulated last time we met and agree some priority activities and themes for the future. As we are a large group we will adopt a participatory methodology that enables small groups to discuss the agenda in greater depth. This will be a fun session which will allow you to have your say and meet other academics, practitioners, policy makers, and communications staff who are passionate about the community health worker research agenda.


Thursday, November 17, 07:00 – 08:00 Room 2

Relevant Community Health Worker sessions

The Thematic Working Group on Supporting and Strengthening the Role of Community Health Workers in Health System Development supports all members working on this topic. We have put together this handy guide to all of the Community Health Worker content at the Global Symposium so you need never miss a session.

Multimedia for TWG Organized Session

She Walks – The Story of a World Vision Caregiver

Spend a day with Dorcas, an HIV and OVC Caregiver and Community Health Worker, supported by World Vision Zambia.

Meet Justus – a Community Health Worker

This video from humanitarian agency World Vision introduces Justus, a Community Health Worker, who talks about his role in the community.

Community health workers: filling a vital gap

This video from humanitarian agency World Vision shows the vital difference Community Health Workers make to children who live in countries with gaps in health provision.

Making the Invisible Visible

Making the Invisible Visible was produced by LVCT Health in Kenya as part of the USAID SQALE Community Health Program. USAID SQALE is a three-year partnership to improve maternal and child health through a focus on quality community health systems. In this film community health workers describe their role, its impact, and the kind of support that they require to have maximum impact.

Community health workers participating in photovoice research on gender and ethics in Wakiso district, Uganda

Supporting and strengthening the role of Community Health Workers TWG

This photo slideshow by David Musoke from Makarere, RinGs and FHS, gives an insight into the everyday gendered activities that CHWs perform in Uganda. View the full slideshow and learn more about this project at the conference panel on Integrating ethical values and human rights concerns into health system operations, which will take place at 13.30  – 15.00 in meeting room 9 on Friday 18 November. Alternatively you can find out more in this blog.