Training has begun for the Urban Community Health Worker (CHW) training program in the Murad Khane community of Kabul. CHWs were selected from a competitive pool based on technical capacity and the strength of their role in the community. The inaugural class of CHWs will be trained in a range of preventive service and education while being assigned a group of families to serve in the local community. To better ensure use of the knowledge learned in training, the CHWs will begin serving households throughout the training process to begin building partnerships with families and continue learning to expand the preventive and educational services offered.
The CHW program aims to identify high-risk cases of pregnancy and child illness to provide cost-effective interventions to save lives. The approach aims to supplement hospital-based care that is often too far, too expensive, and too late to make a difference, with a service that is door-to-door and mother-to-mother. The focus of the approach extends beyond timely life-saving interventions to build empowerment through health education. The CHWs will serve a population of 1,500 people with responsibility of each CHW for up to 30 families. Given the overall population of 60,000 high-need families in the local community, EH hopes the success of this inaugural CHW class will propel the scaling up of services to meet the broader need of the community. To date, training has been carried out on schedule with high engagement and high hopes among the CHWs for the work ahead.
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