Current Project

Mobilized, Recruited, Conscripted?

Leveraging community health work, citizenship and public authority in northern Kenya 

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are the backbone to primary health care delivery in many low-income settings: 86% remain unsalaried in Africa. The project adopts a critical, historical lens to community voluntarism as promoted by global health agencies, NGOs and the state. It combines with ethnography, life histories and photovoice in Isiolo to understand how voluntary labour is actualized.

The project is funded by UK's Wellcome Trust and runs 2021-25.

For many INGOs, CHWs are the best way to achieve quality, affordable healthcare

Managing the burden at a time of heightened scarcity