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[afro-nets] Lay or community health workers can improve the health of children (3)
Serventi's claim is a little flawed. It is possible for communities to support volunteer workers - depends what methods NGOs have been using. If the communities are "organised" before deploying LHWs, they would support them. The problem is the NGO, not the community. If the role of the community has pride of place as opposed to that of the NGO, if communities own, organise and manage their programs, then they will support their volunteers. If the program has been NGO-centred, as most often it is, then it would be a sorry story - dependent communities, NGOs who have made a career out of this and thus carry on the educated classes' contempt for the poor.