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Kate Hawkins, 2 July 2014
The UK International Development Select Committee is undertaking an inquiry into Health Systems Strengthening to examine how effectively in practice DFID is implementing its objectives. It is covering the following issues:
Stakeholders were given the opportunity to submit written evidence to the enquiry, a full list of papers written for the Committee are available on their website. REACHOUT's evidence made the following points:
On the 24 June the Committee heard oral evidence from a range of health system experts. A video recording of the evidence session is available on the Parliament website. There was some mention of community health workers within the evidence session. Inputs mainly focussed on: the potential role of the UK in providing specialist training to close-to-community providers; the need to rationalise the responsibilities and functions of close-to-community providers so that they are not over-burdened and quality of services suffers as a result; and the caution that community health workers are not a 'magic bullet' and that these programmes need to be considered as part of a broader health system approach. It is great to see a focus on close-to-communty providers in these kinds of discussions and we look forward to the Committee's final report to see what reccomendations they have for the UK Department of International Development on how they can support these programmes.
A lively discussion took place on Twitter while evidence was given! Follow REACHOUT and be part of the debate.
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