Research Projects

Optimizing the role of community health workers in strengthening comprehensive primary health care and health systems resilience: prospects and challenges in Bangladesh
Year: 2022
IRB Number: IRB-5 December’22-072
Organaisation: BRAC JPGSPH
Community Health Workers Primary Health Care Health System Landscape Analysis

PI: Professor Syed Masud Ahmed

Objective:The general objective of this study is to conduct a comprehensive review (‘landscape analysis') of the CHWs/CHW programmes currently operating in Bangladesh, including identification of the challenges and opportunities for strengthening the PHC services and health system resilience at the Upazila level (and below) in Bangladesh, in alignment with the national health goals.

More specifically, it aims to_
i) To conduct a comprehensive review of the CHW programmes (and activities) currently operating in Bangladesh in the public, private and NGO sectors.
ii) To review the roles and responsibilities of different cadres of CHWs in these programmes, including the factors affecting their integration into the mainstream health systems.
iii) To provide recommendations to strengthen CHWs’ contributions to strengthen the delivery of quality PHC services and facilitate health system resilience.

Donor: The World Health Organisation