Humana People to People

Humana People to People

Community Health Agents

Community Health Agents

Many African countries are pursuing Community Health Worker (CHW) programs in their efforts to link people to health services and bring basic health care and information out in the communities that are considered hard-to-reach.

In the TCE program all people individually in an area are reached with information that enables them to get in control of HIV and AIDS in their own lives and in their communities. This is also a good model for how the Community Health Worker programs can work and give people the necessary health knowledge and tools to take action to prevent disease and seek treatment when needed.

Based on the experiences from TCE, ADPP Angola has started the Community Health Agent program. The Community Health Agents work in their local communities teaching people about common and preventable diseases like malaria, TB, HIV, and diarrhoea. They also promote good health by teaching nutrition and good hygiene practices.

The Community Health Agents program provides training to the people who provide health services in their local villages and supports them in their work through weekly trainings and meetings to discuss experiences and solutions to difficult cases.

The program will also improve the health facilities, the capacity of the health service staff. The project started in 2010 and reaches 30.000 families with approximately 210.000 people.