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Contributor: PR Newswire New York
Thursday, August 13 2020 - 20:00
Powerful and Proven: Community Health Workers Can Build Health and Equity During Pandemic & Beyond
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

New Orb Media reporting and data analysis of child mortality rates in 160 
countries reveals the versatile and affordable role community health workers 
(CHWs) play in improving community health.

New global model highlights surprising alternatives
Orb Media's new statistical model compares a country's actual child mortality 
rate vs. its "expected" rate, based on financial and health infrastructure 

By examining the practices of outlier countries, Orb identified the global role 
that CHWs can play in making a more equitable and healthful society.

CHWs an underappreciated health support
CHWs are people from local communities who are enlisted by peers, the 
government, nonprofits, and/or NGOs to provide vital health services to those 
who might otherwise go without. In a short period of time, they can be 
mobilized to meet many of their community's most pressing needs and are 
extremely effective at reaching underserved populations.

  -- Flexible deployment in the face of COVID-19
     Orb Media's research shows CHWs are adaptable and adept at providing both
     mental health services and behavioral support, calling for a global
     conversation of how they might be best deployed today to effectively
     manage the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  -- Vital health services to underserved populations 
     CHWs' key advantage is that they come from the communities which they
     serve, with unparalleled ability to understand the challenges faced by
     their patients. They are equipped to both contextually listen and educate
     the people they serve in ways that are beyond the grasp of well
     credentialed outsiders. 

These programs present an opportunity to deploy and continually improve service 
to underserved populations, such as immigrant and migrant communities, in 
countries whose formal healthcare systems still present a gap in care. 

Review the full report at ( ).

Orb Media is pleased to publish this story alongside members of the Orb Media 
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), a group of global agenda-setting media who together reach hundreds of 
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) and others. 

About Orb Media
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) unearths global insights on how our world can forge a more sustainable 
future. We use journalistic craft, data analysis and networks to transform 
global, long-term issues of social and environmental sustainability into 
locally actionable information.

SOURCE: Orb Media