Farmworkers are essential workers who must decide every morning whether they will leave their home to work the fields to provide for their families and the nation.
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In the wake of COVID-19, researchers can become trusted figures of authority who can re-appropriate their networks, skills and knowledge to better the lives of vulnerable populations.
Health workers go door-to-door to screen for COVID-19 in Pretoria, South Africa.
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South Africa’s disaster management plan targets the most vulnerable. But it needs to respond in a more deliberate way when it comes to people with disabilities.
A community health worker carries a box of protection masks in Dakar on April 16, 2020.
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To contain COVID-19, African countries cannot rely just on doctors and nurses, who are already in short supply and at high risk of infection in the workplace.
Only one third of women in Madagascar get prenatal care in the first trimester.
Providing affordable pregnancy tests to women in low-resource countries is a critical, yet under-appreciated, way to improve their health.
A community health worker interacting with children in a village South Africa’s Limpopo province.
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Community-based HIV programmes helps improve access to health care.
Women in Nepal are tapped for volunteer health work. Many take on the work out of a sense of duty, but also gain access to otherwise inaccessible opportunities. Here women are seen on a bus in Pokhara, Nepal.
Women health-care volunteers in places like Nepal, Afghanistan and Ethiopia play a vital role in the health system, yet they are undervalued and undertrained.
A woman extension worker employed by the Afar Pastoralist Development Association. Some health extension workers are separated from their families and some are unable to move.
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In Ethiopia health extension workers in rural areas fulfill an essential service - but they feel they have no career path.
Community health care workers are beginning to be formally integrated into the health care system.
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Community health workers are finally being formally integrated into the health system – but they need support to make an impact.