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The Nutrition and Malaria Control for Child Survival Project is a community-based growth promotion project that utilizes Community Health Workers (CHWs), referred to as Community Child Growth Promoters (CCGPs), as the principal change agents. The purpose of this study was to identify perceptions of key stakeholders about the project and the role of the CCGPs. The study employed qualitative methods: focus group discussions with CCGPs and care givers, exit interviews with care givers, and key informant interviews with health workers and CCGPs. All stakeholders interviewed expressed appreciation for the project and the role of the CCGPs. Respondents indicated that the project, through the CCGPs, had improved access to growth promotion services for children in their communities and made community mobilization for health programs easier. Caregivers appreciated the role of the CCGPS because they were their own people, who spoke their language, understood their situations better, treated them better and were readily accessible. CCGPs on their part believed they were playing a very important role in their communities and were happy with their prestigious position; though they hoped for incentives. This appraisal adds to the evidence on the important role played by CHWs in the developing world.