CHW programs require the direct support of a group of community members with active links to the health sector. Such groups exist in many countries, known by various names such as village health committees (VHCs), community health committees (CHCs) or health facility management committees (HFMCs); their essential tasks are, among others, to provide oversight to CHW programs. As such, CHCs and the extent of their capacity to perform are central to CHW program effectiveness and sustainability. What real-life examples of CHW program governance by CHCs, VHCs, or HFMCs are there? What can we learn from them? And, more importantly, how could their performance be optimized to sustain CHW programs?
Dr. Mohammed Ali is a Public Health and Nutrition Specialist with over 20 years work experience in community health system strengthening targeting improvement in maternal, newborn and child health & nutrition programming in and outside Ghana. Mohammed has design/led the design of several community health worker interventions as part of Ghana’s flagship community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds. He is currently the technical lead for health programs of CRS Ghana and a Chief of Party for USAID funded Acute Care and Emergency Referral Systems Project in Ghana. Mohammed has extensive experience in with the Government/Ministry of Health in health and community system strengthening in support programming in areas such as maternal, newborn and child health, HIV/AIDS as well as Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Dr. Telesphore Kaboré is an expert in community-based programming, civil society and community capacity strengthening with a focus on maternal, newborn, and child health, HIV/AIDS prevention, nutrition, and education. He has over 25 years of experience providing leadership in community mobilization, training, and program management with the goal of assisting ministries of health and NGOs to establish community health-based prevention, promotional, and curative services in more than 20 countries in Africa and around the world. Dr. Kaboré currently serves as the Senior Community Health Advisor under Breakthrough ACTION Project. As such, he represents Save the Children in the Project Leadership Management Team and ensures overall Technical and Management oversight of the project in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, and Zambia.