Video Spotlight

"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.

Acceptability and feasibility of using non-specialist health workers to deliver mental health care: Stakeholder perceptions from the PRIME district sites in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa, and Uganda

Task sharing as an approach to target mental health through community health workers is slowly gaining attention and support in LMICs. This multi-site study aimed to determine key factors that could drive task sharing in different contexts along with providing insight regarding challenges associated with the approach.

'We Are the People Whose Opinions Don't Matter'. A Photovoice Study Exploring Challenges Faced by Community Health Workers in Uganda

Understanding the experiences of community health workers (CHWs) is essential in order to gauge the support and resources they require to effectively provide care to the populations they serve. The use of participatory visual methods (PVMs) to develop this understanding has been relatively underexplored. This study captures the challenges faced by CHWs through the use of a PVM, photovoice. The study looks at 8 CHWs over 6 weeks through 62 relevant photographs along with individual interviews and group discussions.

Outsiders, insiders, and intermediaries: village health teams’ negotiation of roles to provide high quality sexual, reproductive and HIV care in Nakaseke, Uganda

Community health workers, or Village Health Teams (VHTs) as they are referred to un Uganda, play a vital role in improving access to community-based health services. This project aimed to understand the versatile role played by VHTs as part of the community and as care providers. It focused on sensitive services, such as reproductive health and HIV care.

The division of labour between community medicine distributors influences the reach of mass drug administration: A cross-sectional study in rural Uganda

Community based mass drug administration (MDA) has been used as strategy for countering neglected tropical diseases. However, there is little known about what combination of community medicine distributor workload is ideal for attaining high treatment rates (over 65-75%) in villages. This study involved tracking and evaluating routine community-based MDA in the Mayuge district of Uganda. The workloads of different community medicine distributors were used to determine the optimal division of labor for attaining high village treatment rates.

A Collaborative Family Planning Program in Rural Uganda Utilizing Community Health Workers.

Ugandan villages experience a high fertility rate and a significant unmet need for contraception. The Ugandan Village Project’s community health worker-based family planning program has shown promise in addressing these issues. This study presents results from a household survey conducted in rural eastern Ugandan in 2015 and highlights opportunities for addressing contraception requirements and the high fertility rate.  

Stakeholder perceptions on patient-centered care at primary health care level in rural eastern Uganda: A qualitative inquiry.

In order to improve quality of care, African health systems are shifting to a patient-centered care (PCC) approach. PCC was introduced in Uganda in 2015. This study looks at qualitative data on perceptions from patients/communities, health workers, policy makers and academia and presents recommendations for overcoming implementation barriers associated with PCC.

A Novel Mobile Health Tool for Home-Based Identification of Neonatal Illness in Uganda: Formative Usability Study.

This study aimed to assess the usability and acceptability of the NeMo system in rural Uganda. NeMo is an intuitive platform for neonatal assessment in a home setting. The study involved the application of the system by target users and volunteer community health workers (CHWs).

Podcast: Roundtable Discussion with the Community Health Team from Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Western Uganda

Uganda Podcast.jpgIn the Kasese district of western Uganda, the Bugoye Health Center (a public sector health center in Uganda) and Mbarara University of Science and Technology have partnered with Massachusetts General Hospital to strengthen the local health system, working with community health workers in this endeavor. Dr.

Proximity to a community health worker is associated with utilization of malaria treatment services in the community among under-five children: a cross-sectional study in rural Uganda

Health facilities are difficult to access in rural parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. For malaria, poor access contributes to delayed treatment.  Community Health Workers provide a viable option for extending access to prompt malaria treatment. This study evaluated utilization of CHW service in relation distance from the CHW.  

A Performance-Based Incentives System for Village Health Workers in Kisoro, Uganda

Village health worker programs in Uganda have met with limited success in the past partly due to a reliance on volunteerism and a lack of incentivization. Doctors for Global Health developed a performance-based incentive mechanism for village health workers (VHWs) in Uganda. The given paper looks at the feasibility and sustainability of the model.


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