Recruiting Community Health Workers for Universal Health Coverage in Guinea: Advocacy Document


Community Health and Outreach Workers are particularly important in reducing inequalities in access to services by offering health services and products to women and men in the communities in which they live and work instead of forcing them to travel to health facilities that may be remote or difficult to access.

When designed and implemented properly, community-based programs can increase the use of community health services, especially in places where unmet need is high, access to services is low, and There are geographical, epidemiological, as is the case in Guinea, or social obstacles to the use of these services.

Health workers and community relays “provide health education, referral, prevention and case management, and follow-up as well as home visits in specific communities. They support and assist individuals and families in navigating health and social service systems” (ILO, 2008). Their level of education and training, the scope of their duties and their professional status vary according to the health districts of the country and the programs which finance them.

This advocacy document calls on the State to cover the salaries of 19,858 RECOs and 1,986 ASCs in the Guinea's national budget by 2023.
March 29, 2023

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