Training frontline health workers

A community health worker talks to a group of women from a village near Dhangadhi, Nepal, at a meeting about maternal health care

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Imagine being unable to access quality health services and receive skilled care when you are pregnant, or when your children are sick...

For millions of mothers and children in many parts of the world, this is a daily reality. 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths (a staggering 99 per cent) occur in developing countries. Progress has been made: globally, almost 80 per cent of live births were attended by a skilled health worker in the period 2012 to 2017. However, these figures are often dramatically lower in remote and hard-to-reach communities. Less than half of all women in developing countries receive potentially life-saving early antenatal care.

A mother and her son looking at a birthing chart
A pregnant woman looks at a birthing chart, Dhangadhi, Nepal

To help respond to the global shortage of health workers, set to rise to 18 million by 2030, CARE International has been working in partnership with GSK to train frontline health workers and strengthen healthcare systems to reach some of the world’s most under-served communities. By the end of 2018, the CARE-GSK partnership had trained over 27,000 community health workers and CARE is currently working with GSK in nine countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal and Togo. Read up-to-date details about the CARE and GSK partnership.