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Community health workers (CHW), sometimes called "village health workers" are members of a community who are chosen by community members to provide basic health and medical care to their community. Other names for community health workers are village health workers (VHW), health workers and lay health advisors, In many developing countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, there are critical shortages of professional health workers. Current medical and nursing schools cannot train enough workers to keep up with internal and external emigration, deaths from AIDS and other diseases, low worker productivity, and population growth. Community health workers are given a limited amount of training to provide essential, safe, and highly effective primary health care services to the population. Programs involving CHW in China, Brazil and Iran have demonstrated that utilizing such workers can help improve health outcomes for large populations in under-served regions. “Task shifting” of primary...
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