Protecting Community Health Workers: PPE Needs and Recommendations for Policy Action
August 7, 2020

Community health workers (CHWs) are often the first point of care for vulnerable and underserved populations in low- and middle-income countries.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for CHWs to safely support COVID-19 response efforts and maintain essential services. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 outbreak has caused a surge in demand for—and corresponding global shortage of—PPE. While this deficit affects all health workers, recent evidence suggests CHWs in low- and middle-income countries have been disproportionally affected due, in large part, to their incomplete integration within national health systems (Ballard & Westgate, 2020).