Every day people suffer and die from preventable diseases—problems that could be treated or completely avoided. Too often the knowledge, skills and resources to treat and prevent health problems do not reach those in greatest need. There is a gap of health knowledge, leading to poor health behaviors. This is why Community Health Workers are needed.
Community Health Workers are uniquely situated as members of their community to be a bridge in this gap. By educating local people in a community, equipping them with health knowledge and basic first aid skills, these Community Health Workers are empowered to help improve health behaviors and prevent diseases and deaths. This education is powerful and something that can be passed on freely to friends and family, creating change for generations to come.