Mitigation of non-communicable diseases in developing countries with community health workers

Shiva Raj Mishra, Dinesh Neupane, David Preen, Per Kallestrup, Henry B. Perry

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Abstract

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are rapidly becoming priorities in developing countries. While developed countries are more prepared in terms of skilled human resources for NCD management, developing the required human resources is still a challenge in developing countries. In this context, mobilizing community health workers (CHWs) for control of NCDs seems promising. With proper training, supervision and logistical support, CHWs can participate in the detection and treatment of hypertension, diabetes, and other priority chronic diseases. Furthermore, advice and support that CHWs can provide about diet, physical activity, and other healthy lifestyle habits (such as avoidance of smoking and excessive alcohol intake) have the potential for contributing importantly to NCD programs. This paper explores the possibility of involving CHWs in developing countries for addressing NCDs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number43
JournalGlobalization and health
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 10 2015

Keywords

  • Community health workers
  • Developing countries
  • Health system
  • Lay health workers
  • Non-communicable diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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