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Assessing community health workers' conditions for delivering care to patients in low-income communities.

This article looks at the barriers faced by community health workers (CHWs) in performing house calls in low-income and violent communities. The objective is to understand the challenges with regards to access to primary health care in developing countries. The study was carried out through field investigations in two clinics and telephone surveys with a sample of about 1,690 community health workers in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Assessment of the Knowledge of Brazilian Community Health Workers regarding prenatal care

The provision of routine prenatal care is a crucial step towards reduction of health risks in women and their children that is typically the responsibility of primary health providers, often carried out by community health workers (CHWs). This cross-sectional study ascertained CHW awareness regarding (1) their general responsibilities (2) initial contact with pregnant women (3) recommended examinations and vaccinations for pregnant women (4) pregnancy complications and signs of labor and (5) lifestyle considerations for pregnant women.

The everyday political economy of health: community health workers and the response to the 2015 Zika outbreak in Brazil

This article looks at the daily political economy of health with focus on four primary pillars: power, agency, intersectionality and the mutual implication of global and local. This framework is used to assess the role of community health workers in bridging the gap between health systems and vulnerable groups in the 2015 Zika outbreak in Brazil.

Skin Cancer: Photoprotection Strategies and Solar Photoexposition in Community Health Agents

In this literature review, the authors attempt to establish a set of strategies to reduce skin cancer risk by decreasing sun exposure in community health workers who spend long hours outside traveling to patients. 

Work of community health agents in the Family Health Strategy: meta-synthesis

The findings presented in this article assess  the perception of Community Health Agents (CHAs) in Brazil about their work.

Report on the ‘Think-in’ on Community Health Worker Voice, Power, and Citizens’ Right to Health

Drawing on information from Brazil, India, South Africa and the United States, this report assesses the role of CHWs in fostering health system accountability to the community.

Report on the ‘Think-in’ on Community Health Worker Voice, Power, and Citizens’ Right to Health

Drawing on information from Brazil, India, South Africa and the United States, this report assesses the role of CHWs in fostering health system accountability to the community.

ZIKA: a new system to empower health workers and local communities to improve surveillance protocols by E-learning and to forcast ZIka virus in real time in Brazil

This paper presents the “ZIKA system” a mobile surveillance, e-learning and forecasting system, that helps community health workers to learn techniques and good practices in the surveillance of the ZIKA virus. The system is one of the first to combine public health surveillance, citizen-driven participatory reporting and weather data-based prediction.

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