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Sierra Leone’s Community Health Officers: a resilient, responsive health workforce

Authors: Alex van Duinen MD, PhD Candidate, Nadia Cobb PA-C, PhD Candidate, Alieu Faylulu F Mansaray SACHO, Amadu Jawara SACHO, Seibatu Sia Kemoh SACHO in training Background The Social Determinants of Health impact 80% of a patient’s health status, with medicine effecting the other 20%. 1,2,3... Read more

Bangladesh’s Sub-Assistant Community Medical Officer

The Medical Assistant profession was started in 1979 to staff the rural health centers, as well as the Union and Family Welfare Centers. These providers were seen as the primary care providers in the communities alongside other health workers. They are seen as the ‘physicians helping hand’. (3) For about a decade, Medical Assistants have been designated as Sub-Assistant Community Medical Officers (SACMO) in the Family Planning sector under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In the Health sector, Medical Assistants were ascribed the designation of SACMO in 2013.

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