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"'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.

The Lives of Community Health Workers (Anthropology and Global Public Health)

The integral role of community health workers (CHWs) in global health programs is slowly gaining recognition and appreciation. This book draws on experiences of Ethiopian CHWs who provided home based antiretroviral therapy in Addis Ababa to highlight CHW contributions

Psychosocial distress among unpaid community health workers in rural Ethiopia: Comparing leaders in Ethiopia's Women's Development Army to their peers

Many global health initiatives rely heavily on unpaid and impoverished community health workers. Given the growing social science literature on volunteering in health programs in low- and middle-income countries, it is imperative to pay attention to the psychological and social well being of these volunteers. This study presents a quantitative and qualitative assessment of these factors from data obtained by a cross sectional survey of women who comprise Ethiopia’s state organized Women Development Army.

Community health extension program of Ethiopia, 2003–2018: successes and challenges toward universal coverage for primary healthcare services

Since 2003, Ethiopia has been implementing a community health extension program (HEP). This systematic review assesses the improvements that the program has brought about particularly in terms of maternal and childcare, hygiene and sanitation, knowledge and healthcare seeking. It also looks at the weaknesses of this dynamic program with respect to productivity, efficiency, capacity and living conditions of health extension workers (HEWs).

Ethiopian community health workers’ beliefs and attitudes towards children with autism: Impact of a brief training intervention

Access to care for rural children living with autism is impeded by stigma and the confinement of autism care services to the capital city, Addis Ababa.  Community health workers can help mitigate these challenges. This article presents the findings of an assessment of the impact of a brief training on CHW beliefs and attitudes towards children with autism.

Does supportive supervision enhance community health worker motivation? A mixed-methods study in four African countries.

This paper presents a mixed methods implementation study that assessed the effect of the supervision on CHW’s perceptions of supervision and motivation-related outcomes.

Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM): Updated Program Functionality Matrix for Optimizing Community Health Programs

To support quality CHW program design and implementation, USAID, UNICEF, the Community Health Impact Coalition, and Initiatives Inc. have updated and adapted the Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM) Program Functionality Matrix tool. This tool can be applied at district, regional, and national levels to identify and close gaps in design and implementation and, ultimately, enhance program performance.

The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog

The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog is a one-stop ‘shop’ for information on community health policies and programs across 25 countries, including extensive information on CHWs. Developed in 2014 and updated in 2017, it provides policymakers, program managers, researchers and donors with policy data to advance community health research, programming, and advocacy efforts. The CHS Catalog includes 25 country profiles, a set of infographics, and a summary of cross-country policy and program trends.

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