In Zambia, where there are 0.16 physicians per 1,000 people, community health workers (CHWs) fill an important gap. CHWs are community members that work with health facilities to reach underserved populations with basic healthcare and referral services. Their knowledge and commitment is invaluable; however, they remain overworked and underrepresented in today’s health landscape.
Following the photovoice method, Global Health Corps (GHC) fellows taught basic photography and storytelling techniques to 15 CHWs in Chongwe District, Central Province. Each CHW was given a disposable camera to capture moments in their everyday life that highlight an aspect of their work. Then, CHWs selected photos and wrote accompanying captions to be exhibited to stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health, partner organizations, and donors.
By empowering CHWs to share the stories of their work through photography, GHC fellows hope to highlight value of CHWs as the unsung heroes of public health in Zambia. Further, the experiences of CHWs are crucial for strengthening health systems and need to be accounted for. The photovoice method is one way in which their stories can be told.
Photographer: Rabson Chuya, Community Health Worker, Kampekete Clinic
Photographer: Hildah Malisawa, Community Health Worker, Chainda Clinic
Photographer: Alex Mulenga, Community Health Worker, Kanakantapa Clinic
Photographer: Annie Mukololwa Pensulo, Community Health Worker, Kampekete Clinic