Struggle and Triumph of Nepal's Community Health Workers

CHWs, more commonly known as Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) in Nepal, is a workforce that comprises solely of women who are frontline health workers. They play a crucial role in providing essential healthcare services to underserved communities and serve as the link between the community and government health services.

Despite their critical work, they encounter numerous challenges in carrying out their duties, including inadequate resources, limited access to training, and precarious working conditions. They have struggled for decades for recognition as regular workers and benefits that government employees receive like regular salary, maternity benefits, pension, social security etc.

Their struggles have had partial wins. This video, produced by PSI highlights the challenges they face, as well as the victories won.