Connecting communities to primary care: a qualitative study on the roles, motivations and lived experiences of community health workers in the Philippines

Eunice Mallari, Gideon Lasco, Don Jervis Sayman, Arianna Maever L. Amit, Dina Balabanova, Martin McKee, , Lia Palileo-Villanueva, Alicia Renedo, Maureen Seguin & Benjamin Palafox
Abstract Background Community health workers (CHWs) are an important cadre of the primary health care (PHC) workforce in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The Philippines was an early adopter of the CHW model for the delivery of PHC, launching the Barangay (village) Health Worker (BHW) programme in the early 1980s, yet little is known about the factors that motivate and sustain BHWs’ largely voluntary involvement. This study aims to address this gap by examining...
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