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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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