What Makes Community Health Care Work?

By Tina Rosenberg

Ashim Hajra

An eye examination by a Jamkhed community health worker.

In response to Tuesday’s column about two programs in India that train relatively uneducated women as their villages’ health workers, readers provided an avalanche of information about other community health worker programs around the world. Gregory Ortiz from London (95) wrote about Operation ASHA, which has semi-literate counselors treating tuberculosis in slums in India and Cambodia.  In thefield from Alaska (109) wrote about para-dentists in rural Alaska.    Marianne Loewe (121) from Santa Ana, Calif., commented on her organization, Concern America, which works with health promoters in Colombia and Central America.
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