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Performance of low‐literate community health workers treating severe acute malnutrition in South Sudan

This article presents the findings of a study assessing the use of low literate CHWs in treating uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition by following a simplified treatment protocol.

 

Community-based maternal, newborn, and child health surveillance: perceptions and attitudes of local stakeholders towards using mobile phone by village health volunteers in the Kenge Health Zone, Democratic Republic of Congo

This resource presents the results of a post-implementation survey of a 2016 community-based maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) surveillance activity using mobile phones in Kenge Health Zone (KHZ), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The study assessed the perceptions of households, attitudes of community health volunteers, and opinions of nurses and administrative authorities towards the use of mobile phones for MNCH surveillance. 

 

Are village health volunteers as good as basic health staffs in providing malaria care? A country wide analysis from Myanmar, 2015

This retrospective cohort study compares Village Health Volunteers (VHVs) and basic health staff  (BHS) in the detection and treatment of malaria. The researchers find that VHVs are more accessible to mothers and children.  

The contribution of female community health volunteers (FCHVs) to maternity care in Nepal: a qualitative study

This study looks at a group of community health workers know as Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) and their role in reducing the maternal mortality ratio in Nepal. 

“Self-development matters” - Perception of Sakhis (CHWs) assessing self-development outcomes of their participation in the HBNC Program

This qualitative study looks at the perceptions of community health workers on the outcomes of the Home-Based Neonatal Care Program in India. The authors found that having local women participate in development programs results in both the potential for self-development and the program objective.

Abortion Care in Nepal, 15 Years After Legalization: Gaps in Access, Equity, and Quality

This paper discusses the role of community health workers in facilitating safe, legal abortions and addressing the stigma surrounding abortions. 

Incidence and risk factors of neonatal infections in a rural Bangladeshi population: a community-based prospective study

This study investigate the impact of two umbilical cord cleansing regimens on neonatal morality and morbidity in a rural region in the Sylhet District of Bangladesh. The study used  data from a previously performed community-based cluster-randomized trail. Community health workers checked the newborns for the first nine days of life for infections. The authors found that identifying and following up with high-risk mothers and newborns along with clean cord care can decrease the rate of neonatal infections and deaths. 

Proactive community case management and child survival in periurban Mali

This analysis covers a 7-year interrupted time series that investigated early access to care and under-five morality during a proactive community case management intervention in periurban Mali. Prevalence of febrile illness in children under 5 years went from 39.7% to 22.6% in 7 years. Early antimalarial treatment more than doubled for young children under 5. Under-five mortality lowered to 7/1000 in 2015.

Community health worker interventions are key to optimal infant immunization coverage, evidence from a pretest-posttest experiment in Mwingi, Kenya

This study looks at the effect of the community-based intervention targeting infant vaccination coverage in Mwingi, Kenya. The intervention increased infant vaccination coverage to an optimal level. 

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