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Community Health Work is Work!

Community Health Workers across South Asia launched a campaign to recognise “Community Health Work is Work” on the Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December 2020

Community Health Workers (CHWs) across South Asia launched the campaign: “Community Health Work is Work” to assert a set of demands to have the vital work they have been doing throughout the pandemic recognised, paid and supported.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

Community Health Workers (CHWs) play a critical role in providing primary health care, providing information and raising awareness, and facilitating access to public health care to hundreds of millions of rural people. In South Asia, and other parts of the world, Community Health Workers — who are also known as Accredited Social Health Activists or ASHAs in India, Lady Health Workers in Pakistan and Female Community Health Volunteers in Nepal — are almost entirely women who are expected to do this vital work without being recognised as public health workers and without the payment of adequate wages. CHWs, in all countries except Pakistan, are denied the right to receive a minimum wage.

CHWs currently face the risk of contracting COVID-19 through their work but are perversely denied health and life insurance as well as pensions. Governments have recognised CHWs as “warriors against COVID-19” yet have routinely failed to provide adequate PPE, training, wages or support. Their repeated requests for provision of safety kits, masks and sanitisers during the COVID-19 door-to-door visits and surveys has been denied by the authorities. Unions representing CHWs have documented a range of threats and violations experienced during the pandemic. CHWs are facing heightened risks of infection and enduring long working hours, psychological distress, fatigue, occupational burnout, discrimination and physical and psychological harassment. Many CHWs have reported not being paid during the pandemic.

With increased risks of exposure to the virus, the pandemic has illustrated that precarious work is a threat to public health.

CHW unions have worked with the Global Union Federation, Public Services International, to develop the demands and launch the campaign ahead of the International Day for Universal Health Coverage.

Universal Health Coverage Day

Press Conference: Community Health Workers across South Asia launch campaign to recognise “Community Health Work is Work”

We organised a press conference on Friday 11 December 2020. Scroll down to see the video recording and the media coverage of our event below.

SPEAKERS:

  • Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary, Public Services International (PSI)

  • Anand Grover, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, India

  • Yamuna Tekam, ASHA worker, Nagpur Municipal Corporation Employees Union (NMCEU), India

  • Halima Zulqarnain, Central President, All Sindh Lady Health Workers and Employees Union (ASLHWEU), Pakistan

  • Gita Thingg, Vice President, Nepal Health Volunteers Association (NEVA), Nepal

  • Jyotsana Shakya, Treasurer, Health Volunteer Organisation of Nepal (HEVON), Nepal

  • Anna Torriente and Cristina Campayo Soriano, the International Labour Organization (ILO)

MODERATOR:

  • Kate Lappin, Regional Secretary for Asia and Pacific, Public Services International (PSI)

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CommunityHealthWorkers

Twitter: Follow @PSIasiapacific and @PSIglobalunion on Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtags #CHWs #CommunityHealthWork #UniversalHealthCoverageDay #UHCDay

MEDIA CONTACT:

Banaani Deka
Project Organiser, India
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +91 84867 69455

Press Conference Recording: “Community Health Work is Work”

Community Health Workers across South Asia launch a campaign to recognise “Community Health Work is Work” on the Universal Health Coverage Day

Media coverage (14)

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Nepal: देश परदेश: कोभिडका बीच सेवा, तर छैन व्यक्तिगत सुरक्षाका साधन | देश परदेश

दक्षिण एसियाका महिला स्वास्थ्य स्वयंसेविकाहरुले आफूहरुले गरिरहेको कामको पहिचान र सम्मान गर्न तथा महामारीको समयमा सुरक्षाका लागि व्यक्तिगत सुरक्षाका साधनहरु उपलव्ध गराउन माग गरेका छन् । उनीहरुले जोखिमपूर्ण क्षेत्रको काममा संलग्न हुनुपर्ने आफूहरु न्यूनतम पारिश्रमिक तथा व्यक्तिगत सुरक्षाका उपकरणहरु विना नै कार्यक्षेत्रमा खटिनु परेको गुनासो गरे । पव्लिक सर्भिस ईण्टरनेशनल (पिएसआई) तथा विभिन्न देशका यूनियनहरुले […]

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Nepal: दक्षिण एसियाका महिला स्वास्थ्य स्वयंसेविकाहरुद्धारा व्यक्तिगत सुरक्षाका साधनहरु उपलव्ध गराउन माग ।

कृष्ण ढकालनवलपरासी,मंसीर–२७न्यूनतम पारिश्रमिक तथा व्यक्तिगत सुरक्षाका उपकरणहरु विना नै कार्यक्षेत्रमा खटिनु परेको भन्दै दक्षिण एसियाका महिला स्वास्थ्य स्वयंसेविकाहरुले आफुहरुलाई व्यक्तिगत सुरक्षाका साधनहरु उपलव्ध गराउन माग गरेका छन् । विभिन्न देशका य

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Pakistan: ہیلتھ سیکٹر میں جانیں دینے والے ورکرز کو شہید کا درجہ دیا جائے شاہدہ رحمانی

کراچی (اسٹاف رپورٹر) آل سندھ لیڈیز ہیلتھ ورکرز اینڈ ایمپلائیز یونین نے پبلک سروسز انٹرنیشنل اور ورکرز ایجوکشن اینڈ ریسرچ آرگنائزیشن کے تعاون سے ہونے والے

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Pakistan: Lady Health Workers launch charter of demands

KARACHI: PPP MNA Shahida Rahmani, while speaking to a seminar organized by the All Sindh Lady Health Workers & Employees Union, in collaboration with the Public Services International (PSI) and Workers Education and Research Organisation (WERO), at Karachi Press Club, demanded that the sacrifices of frontline health workers who gave their lives in the line of duty should be recognized at all levels.

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Pakistan: جنوبی ایشیا کی ہیلتھ کمیونٹی ورکرز کے چارٹر کے اجرا پر سیمینار پاکستان سمیت جنوبی ایشیا کی لیڈی ہیلتھ ورکرزاپنے حقوق کے حصول کے لیے جدوجہد جاری رکھے گی ، عزم کا اظہار

کراچی میں آل سندھ لیڈیز ہیلتھ ورکرز اینڈ ایمپلائیز یونین نے پبلک سروسز انٹرنیشنل اور ورکرز ایجوکشن اینڈ ریسرچ آرگنائزیشن کے تعاون سے ہونے والے سیمینار سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے پیپلزپارٹی کی رکن قومی اسمبلی ڈاکٹر شاہدہ رحمانی نے لیڈی ہیلتھ ورکرز کی جدوجہد کو سراھاتے ہوئے کہا کہ ہیلتھ کے شعبے میں خدمات کے دوران جانیں قربان کرنے والی ورکرز کو شہید کادرجہ دیا جائے انکا کہنا تھا خواتین کو پولیو کے قطرے پلانا ہو یا کوویڈ 19 میں ... مزید

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Pakistan: MNA Calls for Recognition of LHWs Sacrifices - UrduPoint

Member of the National Assembly Shahida Rahmani on Monday said the sacrifices of frontline health workers, who gave their lives in the line of duty, should be recognized at all levels. Whether working during COVID-19 pandemic or as polio workers the LHWs faced immense challenges, whether in the fiel ..

Brochure: Joint demands of the Community Health Workers [English] (8)

Brochure: Joint demands of the Community Health Workers [English]

This brochure [in English] outlines the joint demands of the Community Health Workers across South Asia to assert their labour rights. It was developed to support the a campaign to recognise “Community Health Work is Work” on the Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December 2020.

Brochure: Joint demands of the Community Health Workers [Hindi]

This brochure [in Hindi] outlines the joint demands of the Community Health Workers across South Asia to assert their labour rights. It was developed to support the a campaign to recognise “Community Health Work is Work” on the Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December 2020.

Brochure: Joint demands of the Community Health Workers [Kannada]

This brochure [in Kannada] outlines the joint demands of the Community Health Workers across South Asia to assert their labour rights. It was developed to support the a campaign to recognise “Community Health Work is Work” on the Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December 2020.

Brochure: Joint demands of the Community Health Workers [Marathi]

This brochure [in Marathi] outlines the joint demands of the Community Health Workers across South Asia to assert their labour rights. It was developed to support the a campaign to recognise “Community Health Work is Work” on the Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December 2020.

Brochure: Joint demands of the Community Health Workers [Nepali]

This brochure [in Nepali] outlines the joint demands of the Community Health Workers across South Asia to assert their labour rights. It was developed to support the a campaign to recognise “Community Health Work is Work” on the Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December 2020.

Brochure: Joint demands of the Community Health Workers [Tamil]

This brochure [in Tamil] outlines the joint demands of the Community Health Workers across South Asia to assert their labour rights. It was developed to support the a campaign to recognise “Community Health Work is Work” on the Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December 2020.

Brochure: Joint demands of the Community Health Workers [Telugu]

This brochure [in Telugu] outlines the joint demands of the Community Health Workers across South Asia to assert their labour rights. It was developed to support the a campaign to recognise “Community Health Work is Work” on the Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December 2020.

Brochure: Joint demands of the Community Health Workers [Urdu]

This brochure [in Urdu] outlines the joint demands of the Community Health Workers across South Asia to assert their labour rights. It was developed to support the a campaign to recognise “Community Health Work is Work” on the Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December 2020.

Halima Zulqarnai's message from All Sindh Lady Health Workers and Employees Union (ASLHWEU) Pakistan

Halima Zulqarnain, Central President of All Sindh Lady Health Workers and Employees Union (ASLHWEU) Pakistan delivers her message at the press conference launching at the launch of “Community Health Work is Work” - a campaign by Community Health Workers across South Asia asserting their rights are workers For more information about the campaign visit: https://publicservices.international/campaigns/community-health-work-is-work?id=11393&lang=en

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