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

Mobile Technology in Support of Frontline Health Workers

This report summarizes current data from over 140 FHW-supported mHealth projects from developing countries to describe the emergent trends and best practices in the use of mobile phones, tablets, and technical platforms by FHWs over the last decade, understand the key considerations in choosing the type pf phone and platform and associated programmatic costs, present the evidence on the effectiveness of mobile approaches, and establish
a framework for systematically deploying such tools.  

Performance of Community Health Workers: Optimizing the Benefits of their Unique Position between Communities and the Health Sector

Maryse Kok's thesis aims to gain insight into how performance of CHWs in low-middle income countries (LMIC) can be improved, in order to contribute to the realization of better informed, more effective and sustainable CHW programmes and ultimately improved health status of poor and rural communities. 

ECONOMIC EVALUATION OF COMMUNITY BASED PRACTITIONERS IN LOW- AND MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES A literature review, country case studies and a generalized cost-effectiveness model

Despite the well-known benefits of community-based practitioners, there is lack of evidence regarding the cost effectiveness of their work. This study aims to address this lack of information on the cost effectiveness to meet health systems goals using literature review, mapping, and case studies. The researchers concluded that community-based practitioners are, indeed, cost effective in some settings, depending on a number of different variables. From this data they also developed an economic model reflecting their findings. 

What role for district-led quality improvement approaches in priority setting for Universal Health Coverage: Learning from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique

Due to deficiencies in low- and middle-income countries, policy makers are suggesting different methods to achieving universal health coverage. One strategy is the expansion of cadres of close-to-community providers, which plays an important role for connecting communities with the formal health sector. This poster from the Reachout Consortium identifies some of the challenges with this strategy and how to address quality-related issues for universal health coverage. 

Enhancing the Supervision of Community Health Workers With WhatsApp Mobile Messaging: Qualitative Findings From 2 Low-Resource Settings in Kenya

Using the popular mobile application WhatsApp, a mobile learning intervention was developed and designed to strengthen supervisory support for CHWs in Kenya. 6 months of conversations were analyzed and CHWs and supervisors interviewed to determine how WhatsApp was used in these settings. This preliminary data suggests that CHWs and their supervisors can be effectively trained to tailor their communication in ways that will improve supervisory support, however further research should be conducted.

Acting on the Call June 2016 Report

USAID's 2016 Acting on the Call Report provides updates from the program that aims to end preventable maternal and child deaths in 25 priority countries, which together accounted for more than two-thirds of child and maternal deaths worldwide.

Can a community health worker administered postnatal checklist increase health-seeking behaviors and knowledge?: evidence from a randomized trial with a private maternity facility in Kiambu County, Kenya

A randomized trial evaluates the effectiveness of a CHW program in Kenya which implements home visits or calls to new mothers three days after delivery. Surveys were utilized to measure compliance, self-reported health problems, care-seeking behaviors, and postnatal knowledge and practices among new mothers who received one of three randomly assigned postnatal care practices. Results showed that mothers who received CHW home visits were more likely to recognize postnatal problems and seek care for those problems than mothers who received a phone call or standard care.

AIM Health Programme End Line Programme Evaluation Report

World Vision’s Access – Infant and Maternal health (AIM Health) Program met its five-year goal of reducing infant and maternal mortality in most of the ten Area Development Program (ADP) sites in which it was implemented.

Changing Lives Through Social Accountability: Case Studies from World Vision’s UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) Programme Partnership Arrangement

Case studies in eleven countries including Zambia, Armenia, and Senegal, utilized World Vision’s social accountability approach, Citizen Voice and Action (CVA), to address public service improvement. This approach aims to link community members and organizations with each other and also to link these communities with service providers, local governments, and national policies. CVA empowers communities to influence and improve access to quality public services such as health, education, and child protection.

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