Despite their vital work CHWs have long been subject to global debate about remuneration. But the discussion should move on to how to pay CHWs, not whether they should be paid.
A response to the Lancet Global Health Commission on financing primary care
Don’t miss our sharp commentary responding to the Lancet Global Health Commission on financing primary health care! In less than 2 minutes, we make the case regarding one of the biggest “debates” of our time.
“We applaud Karen Hanson and colleagues from the Lancet Global Health Commission on financing primary health care for their excellent work showing that countries must invest more and better in primary health care. We were dismayed, however, by their characterisation of “whether” to pay community health workers as a “key financing policy choice” in section 1 of the report. We wonder: is the same true of doctors? Nurses? What about the esteemed members of the Commission? Do the various consultancies, academies, and foundations at which they are employed face similar policy choices? Demanding that individuals volunteer in order to access health care for themselves, their family, and their community is an act of coercion.”
Read our full commentary in the Lancet Global Health.
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