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

Salaried and voluntary community health workers: exploring how incentives and expectation gaps influence motivation

There has been a renewed attention for the need to strengthen CHWs performance, which partly depends on motivation. This paper analyzes the use of incentives and their influence on improving CHW motivation.

It Takes Community Health Workers to End Violence Against Children

Global interest in strengthening the health sector’s role in ending violence against children (VAC) has been increasing. While CHWs have been widely recognized for their contributions towards many types of community-based interventions, there is little global research on perceptions and practices of CHWs in preventing or reducing VAC. This study describes opportunities in developing strategies to end violence against children that draw on the role of CHWs.

Community Health Workers Improve Linkage to Hypertension Care in Western Kenya

Elevated blood pressure is a growing global public health concern as it is linked to increased mortality. This study assessed whether community health workers (CHWs) using behavior change approaches and smartphone technologies can improve the linkage of individuals to hypertension to care.

Integration of mental health into primary care and community health working in Kenya: context, rationale, coverage and sustainability

Integration of mental health into primary care is essential to meet the growing needs of populations in LMICs. This study presents the case for a collaborative project in Kenya that aims to train primary care and community health workers regarding mental health in a manner through which it can be integrated into their routine work.

Community health workers obtain similar results using cell-phone based hearing screening tools compared to otolaryngologists in low resourced settings.

This cross sectional study assesses the ability of community health worker (CHW) led program in Kenya. It aimed to establish CHWs are dependable hearing screening operators for a technology based pre-surgical hearing screening program. The CHWs underwent a short training course for the same.

Community Health Workers Improve Linkage to Hypertension Care in Western Kenya.

Hypertension or raised blood pressure is a leading risk factor for mortality. This study in western Kenya investigated the efficiency of community health workers in utilizing behavioral communication strategies and smartphone technologies to improve the linkage of individuals with raised BP to a hypertension program. It also looked at the ability of the program to significantly reduce BP.

The roles of community health workers who provide maternal and newborn health services: case studies from Africa and Asia.

Community health workers (CHWs) play a vital role in provision of maternal and newborn health (MNH) services in low- and middle-income settings. However, a better understanding of the roles CHWs play in each setting: services, responsibilities, training duration and type of renumeration. This study presents information on CHWs providing MNH services in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Malawi and Nigeria. Data from 23 policy documents, 36 focus group discussions and 131 key information interviews are analyzed and interpreted.

Health Care Experiences of Youth Living With HIV Who Were Lost to Follow-up in Western Kenya

HIV represents the leading cause of death among youth in sub-Saharan Africa. This study presents results from focus group discussions with HIV affected youth who were lost to follow up (had not returned to care in at least 4 months) and the community health workers who supported them. The resulting perceptions are important for mitigating loss to follow up.

Perceived impacts as narrated by service users and providers on practice, policy and mental health system following the implementation of the mhGAP-IG using the TEAM model in a rural setting in Makueni County, Kenya: a qualitative approach.

A comprehensive, team-based approach is essential to address the current mental health treatment gap. This article presents results from focus group discussions with community health workers (CHWs), traditional healers, faith healers and patients on patient, health provider and health system related strategies that could bridge the existing gap.

Pediatric hearing screening in low-resource settings: Incorporation of video-otoscopy and an electronic medical record.

This study aimed to develop a sustainable and comprehensive approach to pediatric hearing care in low- and middle-income countries. It involved the use of a smartphone-based platform to perform hearing screening and video otoscopy.  The technology was applied by community health workers (CHWs) in Kilifi county in Kenya

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