New campaign pledges to train one million community health workers for Sub-Saharan Africa

At Davos 2013: Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez, Rwanda President Paul Kagame and Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs
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(l to r): Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez, Rwanda President Paul Kagame and Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs

24 January | At the World Economic Forum, Rwanda President Paul Kagame and Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez and Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs announced a new campaign to train one million community health workers for Sub-Saharan Africa by 2015. Across sub-Saharan Africa, community health workers using mobile phones and broadband access to sophisticated medical resources are delivering health care to where it is most needed, among the rural poor. The initiative aims to greatly expand that effort by training, equipping and deploying one million health care workers by the end of 2015, reaching millions of underserved people.

The new campaign will work with governments and aid agencies to finance and train the health workers, each of whom would serve an average of 650 rural inhabitants, at an estimated cost of $6.58 per patient per year. The campaign which will be overseen by a steering committee at the Earth Institute and will run through the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network as part of its Solutions Initiative.

The Global Health Workforce Alliance (the Alliance) is a member of the Campaign Steering Committee and is contributing to the campaign process, emphasizing synergies with the work of related stakeholders(regional and global),being coordinated by the Alliance. The Alliance is also working to promote the alignment of the campaign within the national HRH plans being developed through the CCF approach, supported by the Alliance.

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