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

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To support the generation, synthesis and communication of evidence on the roll out and functioning of community health worker programs and to enable learning across geographical and political contexts

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Written by Dr. Ochiawunma Ibe (Senior Community Health Advisor; ICF/USAID Flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program- (MCSP)

Universal Health coverage (UHC) aims to create a system that provides all people with the health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship. Within this, addressing the unique health needs and barriers to access for men and women, boys and girls is pertinent. Further, as gender-based differences exist in access to, and control of, household resources, power and decision-making within and outside the home, and roles and responsibilities within the family, the community and the labor market, gender inclusivity in supporting systems that promote UHC attainment cannot be overemphasized.

Lynda Keeru, LVCT Health, Kenya

Bangladesh is an informal settlement in Nairobi. At the Bangladesh Community Health Unit, Mary Achieng gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, Michael Baraka, on 8.12.2016 weighing 4.1 kilograms. BCG and birth polio vaccinations were administered on the day of birth and they were given their next appointment a month later. Josephine, however, did not take the baby for the next appointment.

The Community Health Volunteer (CHV) had not been checking the mother-child booklet during her home visits and reported zero defaulters on child immunization among the households she was responsible for. In the same Community Health Unit, Mary Gideon missed her Antenatal Clinic appointment and the CHV was not aware and reported no defaulters for Antenatal Clinic visits. Both cases demonstrate how data quality is very easily compromised.

Trust in healthcare data begins with the accuracy and completeness of the data captured at household level. This should be collected by CHVs in official data collection and reporting tools. The quality of data should be of concern during the collection, analysis, and storage stages. Ensuring that data is trustworthy is part of ensuring quality in healthcare which is defined as the success of the health services in meeting the health-related needs of the population in a manner that is consistent with local goals and resource constraints.

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