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

Monica Okuga, Margaret Kemigisa, Sarah Namutamba, Gertrude Namazzi and Peter Waiswa

Community health workers (CHWs) have been employed in a number of low- and middle-income countries as part of primary health care strategies, but the packages vary across and even within countries. The experiences and motivations of a multipurpose CHW in providing maternal and newborn health have not been well described. This study examined the perceptions of community members and experiences of CHWs around promoting maternal and newborn care practices, and the self-identified factors that influence the performance of CHWs so as to inform future study design and programme implementation.

This paper is the third in a series on the impact and findings of The Uganda Newborn Study (UNEST). This qualitative study sought to document experiences within UNEST of CHWs in promoting healthy home behaviours and demand for maternal and newborn care services, to identify community perceptions of this CHW role, and to identify and explore the factors that influence the performance of CHWs in both urban and rural settings in order to inform future programming.

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