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

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.

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.

Can community health workers play a greater role in increasing access to medical abortion services? A qualitative study

This qualitative study explores the acceptability, perspectives and preferences of women and CHWs in Rajasthan, India, regarding the involvement of CHWs in medical abortion referrals.

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