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Centering Community Health Workers at the Core of Public Health Strengthening in Uganda

Since the birth of the Alma-Ata Declaration (WHO, 1978), Community Health Workers (CHWs) have increasingly become a relevant pillar in the promotion of primary health care. The unending COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted their critical role in public health strengthening and reignited the urgency to tackle the invisibilization of their contribution by mandate holders in achieving universal health coverage as a right rather than a privilege. This paper is informed by the breadth of work the authors have collectively done over the past decade at both community and national level.

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