[Correspondence] Community health systems: allowing community health workers to emerge from the…

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Lancet Global Health
The Lancet Global Health is The Lancet's first gold open-access title and focuses on original research, commentary, correspondence and blogs on topics including maternal and child health, infectious and noncommunicable diseases, mental health, and more. The Editor is Zoë Mullan.

We agree with the Editorial (May, 2017)1 that stated “community health workers are desperately needed globally” but “often still stand…at the fringes of the health system, undefined and unsupported and therefore unable to completely fulfil their potential”.1 As the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration approaches,2 it is time to appropriately recognise the role and potential of community health systems. Further to the recent momentum highlighted,1 we would add the lessons learned from the West Africa Ebola outbreak about the importance of community health systems3 and the election of a WHO Director-General with direct experience in expanding Ethiopia’s community level workforce.

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[Correspondence] Community health systems: allowing community health workers to emerge from the…