Training for Community Health

Community Health Workers in their own words


In these videos, recorded in 2015 in Kenya, community health workers talk about their daily community health work and the use of technology in the context of it (in some of the videos, the CHWs are referring to a specific mobile phone application, which they were using at the time to assess and record the development of children).


more videos to follow soon

Edited Book

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Training for Community Health: Bridging the global health care gap. Geniets, A., O'Donovan, J., Hakimi, L., Winters, N. (Eds.) (2021). Oxford University Press.

"This book is a necessary and important addition to the literature and unique in addressing both the pedagogy of the technical, to support CHWs’ roles as service extenders and cultural brokers; and the pedagogy of the political, to support CHWs’ roles as social or political change agents.” Prof. Ṣẹ̀yẹ Abímbọ́lá, Editor in Chief, BMJ Global Health



Many countries around the world rely on community health workers to provide healthcare to those without immediate access, connecting them to formal health systems. Whilst numerous Community Health Worker (CHW) programmes exist, there is little research published on the need for ongoing high-quality training and supervision, or the role technology can play in supporting this.

Training for Community Health: Bridging the global health care gap is a practical resource on the nuances and intricacies of CHW programmes today. Written by experienced academics and practitioners in CHW training, education, and supervision, this resource offers a trustworthy overview to this emerging field, with insights from across the globe. Over 13 chapters, this unique resource explores how technology can be used to support structured training programmes, and is interspersed with practical examples of how to design, implement, and evaluate CHW programmes.


Chapters & Contributors

Foreword: Sonia & Jeffrey Sachs

1: Introduction, Anne Geniets, James O'Donovan, Laura Hakimi, and Niall Winters
2: The role of technology in supporting the education of community health workers and their leaders, Raj Panjabi, Lesley-Anne Long, Mike Bailey, and Magnus Conteh
3: Learning How NOT to Train the Community Out of the Community Health Worker, Daniel Palazuelos and Sanjay Gadi
4: Approaches to Community Health Worker Training and Supervision, James O'Donovan
5: Digital health interventions for community health worker training, ongoing education, and supportive supervision: Insights from a Human-Centered Design approach, Beatrice Wasunna and Isaac Holeman
6: Designing pedagogically-driven approaches to technology-enhanced learning for Community Health Workers, Shobhana Nagraj
7: Mobile Phones and the Uses of Learning in a Training Intervention for Kenyan Community Health Workers, Jade V. Henry
8: Using participatory approaches for Community Health Worker training, David Musoke
9: The danger of a single study: developing responsive evidence-bases to inform research, policy, and practice on the training of CHWs in LMICs, Promise Nduku, Nkululeko Tshabalala, Shona Putuka, Zafeer Ravat, and Laurenz Langer
10: Methods of evaluation of CHW training: Theory and Practice, Celia Brown
11: Recognition, mutual respect, and support: A relational approach to training and supervision in community health work, Maureen Kelley and Nigel Fancourt
12: Conclusion: Towards a Pedagogy for Community Health Workers?, Laura Hakimi, Anne Geniets, James O'Donovan, and Niall Winters

Afterword: Ṣẹ̀yẹ Abímbọ́lá