Journal article

The distinctive roles of urban community health workers in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review of the literature

Teralynn Ludwick, Alison Morgan, Sumit Kane, Margaret Kelaher, Barbara McPake

Health Policy and Planning | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020


Addressing urban health challenges in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has been hampered by lack of evidence on effective mechanisms for delivering health services to the poor. The urban disadvantaged experience poor health outcomes (often worse than rural counterparts) and face service barriers. While community health workers (CHWs) have been extensively employed in rural communities to address inequities, little attention has been given to understanding the roles of CHWs in urban contexts. This study is the first to systematically examine urban CHW roles in LMICs. It aims to understand their roles vis-à-vis other health providers and raise considerations for informing future scope ..

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Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Funding Acknowledgements

I would like to thank Ebony Verbunt who played an important role in data collection and whose contribution supported the realization of this study. This research was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FRN: 164268) and the University of Melbourne (Melbourne Research Scholarship). This work has not been previously published.