Delivering a Gender Equality Framework for Community Health Workers

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This interactive workshop invites policy experts and practitioners, working with CHWs in fragile and humanitarian contexts, to apply a gender equality framework to the new WHO Community Health Worker guidelines. Using examples from Mali and West Bank, participants will formulate draft recommendations for guideline implementation that will more equally enable women and men to achieve socioeconomic development, a key tenant of UHC. Draft recommendations will be refined for the 2nd CHW symposium in Dhaka, Nov. 2019.


Rosemary Morgan, Professor, Johns Hopkins University,

Dr. Rosemary Morgan is a faculty member of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an expert in gender, intersectionality and health systems and policy research. She works on a number of global and public health projects as a gender advisor and coordinated the highly successful Research in Gender and Ethics (RinGs): Building Stronger Health Systems”, a project which brought together four research networks encompassing 23 institutions across 26 countries in a partnership to galvanize gender and ethics analysis in health systems research. Currently, she leads the Sex and Gender Analysis Core of project: Sex and Age Differences in Immunity to Influenza, and works as a gender advisor on RADAR, an initiative developing tools to assist in the implementation of measurement approaches for maternal, neonatal, and child health and nutrition programs. Dr. Morgan has worked as a consultant at the World Health Organization and IDRC, synthesizing evidence on gender and universal health coverage, reviewing how gender has been incorporated into research projects and tools, and developing capacity building tools related to gender analysis in global health research.

Dan Irvine, Senior Director of External Engagement, Sustainable Health, World Vision International

As a member of the founding team for World Vision’s international health and nutrition department, Dan has supported most of the agency’s sector initiative in realizing its maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition strategy, with primary health care focus. Dan's work focuses on bridging the gap between field implementation and global level policy & governance. He works in various sectors of development, and puts into operation the policies that will strengthen health and nutrition systems, all the way to the community level. Moving forward, Dan believes that we should continue to explore ways of leveraging community health workers to address a holistic early child development agenda, including violence and mental health.

Dan holds a MSc. in Public Policy, a BSc. in Community Psychology, and certificate in Rural Aquaculture Extension. He speaks English, French, Munukutuba and is a beginner Tagalog speaker.

Dr. Bintou Coulibaly, Malian Red Cross

Dr. Bintou Coulibaly is from Mali (West Africa). After her training in medicine, she specialized in community health and more specifically child health. She held a position of Medical Officer at Reference Health Center for the care of malnourished children under five years. In March 2017, She held a position of health district advisor for the Malian Red Cross in collaboration with the Canadian Red Cross. As a health district advisor, she had trained, coached and supervised 73 community health workers for the improvement of mothers, newborns and children health. She was promoted to the position of Zone Coordinator of the project "Improving mothers, newborns and children health", and was the only female coordinator of the zone. In this position, she managed and was responsible for seven health district advisors as collaborators. We worked very hard to achieve the project objectives in our area and after 18 months as a zone coordinator, in March 2019 Dr. Bintou was promoted for the second time as Technical Assistant in quality assurance at the national level where she currently works As a woman, the health of mothers and children should be more than a priority for our governments

Winfred Ongom, White Ribbon

Winfred Ongom 26,is a trained citizen journalist with White Ribbon Alliance Uganda (WRA Uganda). Her role is to work directly with communities in regard to Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent health were voices of people in that area are amplified for better health. She has organised community dialogues that have involved all stakeholders and these created change in the community. Winfred has also been ranked among the top 10 young leaders making the world a better place by Johnson & Johnson together with the Huffington Post.

Currently pursuing MPH - Health Promotion, Winfred has great interest in institutionalising community health were strategic engagement with community health workers is key for universal health coverage

Hana Rabadi Abu Zuluf, Nutrition specialist, MPH, World Vision Jerusalem - West Bank, Gaza

Hana is a Nutrition and Health specialist with 18 years of experience in the field of nutrition and community health. Hana has practical experience in health and nutrition community programs; as she coordinated and managed different community- based programs as part of her work with different NGOs in Palestine. 10 years ago Hana joined World Vision Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza and currently she is the National Office Health Lead, part of this position is providing technical support to both the national office and the field offices, preparing the necessary tools, developing the educational materials and manuals, organizing and conducting capacity building events, managing health research projects and establishing and maintaining effective partnerships.

Hana has worked on different research projects as a lead researcher; most of the conducted research studies were on community interventions mainly to overcome the health and nutritional problems.

Hana completed her B.A in Nutrition from Jordan university of science and technology in 1997, and her master’s degree in Public Health from Al Quds University in 2012

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