The critical importance of community healthcare workers (CHWs) in Africa, where there are not enough doctors per person, cannot be overstated. They are the unsung heroes of African healthcare and there is a growing belief that they hold the key to dramatically improving mortality rates. Indeed it’s estimated that nearly 200,000 more CHWs are needed in Kenya alone to respond to current health needs.  To add to the problem, the CHWs that do exist are usually unpaid, severely under-equipped, undertrained and get little or no on-going support.

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