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Cardiovascular risk factor reduction by community health workers in rural India: A cluster randomized trial

Low cost strategies for cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk reduction are an essential requirement world over. This open label cluster randomized trial conducted in 28 villages across 3 states in India, looks at the impact of CHW-based interventions in reducing CVD risk factors in households in rural India.

Role of community health worker in a mobile health program for early detection of oral cancer

Increased incidence of oral cancer is largely seen in low-resource settings. This study looked at the use of a mobile phone based oral cancer screening program  carried out by community health workers (CHWs). The CHWs screened for mucosal lesions and were able to use the mHealth (mobile health) approach effectively.

Are community health workers cost-effective for childhood vaccination in India?

Accredited Social Health Activities (ASHAs) are female community health workers who play a principal role in promotion of primary health care and use of sanitary services in India. Most prior studies on ASHAs have focused on qualitative aspects. This study presents a cost effectiveness analysis of ASHAs in facilitating measles vaccination among children under 5 years of age between the year 2012-2013.

SOSAS Study in Rural India: Using Accredited Social Health Activists as Enumerators

As per global estimates, nearly 5 billion people lack access to safe, quality and timely surgical care. This pilot study assessed the local burden of disease in a rural area of India through the Surgeons OverSeas Assesssment of Surgical Need (SOSAS) survey. The study also evaluated the feasibility of using Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) as enumerators. 

Taking stock of 10 years of published research on the ASHA programme: examining India’s national community health worker programme from a health systems perspective

This systematic review analyses the research undertaken with respect to India’s accredited social health activist (ASHA) scheme as the programme enters its second decade. The review focused on whether the programme has suitable health systems interfaces to ensure sustainability and areas to focus upon as the programme evolves.

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.

A pilot study to evaluate home-based screening for the common non-communicable diseases by a dedicated cadre of community health workers in a rural setting in India

This article reports the findings of a pilot study of home-based screening of common non-communicable diseases by community health workers in rural India. The pilot included screening over 6000 rural Indian residents by CHWs over a six-month period. 

How are gender inequalities facing India’s one million ASHAs being addressed? Policy origins and adaptations for the world’s largest all-female community health worker programme

This paper looks at the world’s largest community health worker program, India’s accredited social health activist program (ASHA), through a gender lens. It assesses the difficulties these female workers face and how these challenges are being addressed.

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