Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a communicable disease that has infected millions of people in many countries, including Indonesia. Community health workers (CHWs) play a pivotal role in supporting primary health center programs, including in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: We conducted semi-structured in-depth interviews with thirteen CHWs in Makassar City, Indonesia. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: Six themes emerged from the interviews: (1) self-motivation; (2) valuable benefits; (3) noble duties; (4) perceived challenges; (5) meaningful support; and (6) way forward. Conclusions: Despite the challenges experienced by the participants, the involvement of CHWs is crucial to ensure that the community receives correct information and complies with health protocols to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission. The participants undertake the task with strong commitment and the feel of honor as they are trusted by the government and the community. The partnership between health service staffs and CHWs should be strengthened by providing sufficient support so COVID-19 cases in the community can be contained.
|Translated title of the contribution||Exploring the experience of community health workers in COVID-19 pandemic response in Indonesia: A qualitative study|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2022|
- Community health workers