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

‘‘A cup of tea with our CBD agent…’’: community provision of injectable contraceptives in Kenya is safe and feasible

In rural areas of Kenya, where the majority of the population lives, contraceptive use remains low compared with that in urban areas (37% vs. 47%). Inadequate access to family planning services in rural areas is partly due to fewer health facilities and the shortage of health care workers. Community-based access to injectable contraceptives can improve access for rural populations and expand the range of contraceptive methods available.

Community Health Worker Regional Meeting Report

The USAID-sponsored Community Health Worker (CHW) Regional Meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from June 19 to 21, 2012, was attended by over 60 government and non- governmental (NGO) representatives from six African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia) as well as participants from international NGOs and organizations. The meeting was planned by Initiatives Inc.

Community-Based Care and Support within the APHIA II Nyanza project

APHIA (AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance) is a USAID-financed program in Kenya that works with the Ministry of Health and faith-based and community-based organizations to reduce the risk of HIV transmission and the fertility rate in Nyanza. Specifically, the project focuses on improving and expanding facility-based HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, reproductive health, malaria, maternal and child health, and male circumcision services and improving and expanding care and support for people and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

Kilifi Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project - A Case Study

This case study was conducted to impart a thorough understanding of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) OVC program model in Kenya and to document lessons learned that could be applied to other OVC initiatives. This case study is based upon a program document review; program site visits, including discussions with local staff, volunteers, beneficiaries and community members; as well as observations of program activities.

Implementing the HMC Resolution on Task Shifting- Focus on Injectables. Evidence Review and Development of Country Workplans

The East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) in collaboration with Family Health International (FHI), held a regional workshop on expanding community-based access to family planning- focus on injectable contraception.

Increasing access to Family Planning (FP) and Reproductive Health (RH) services through task-sharing between CHWs and community mid-level professionals in large-scale public-sector programs: A Literature Review to Help Guide Case Studies

CHW programs throughout the world vary in structure and emphasis. This literature review addresses the challenge of making connections among inputs, processes and outcomes of these diverse community programs. Completed as part of the USAID-funded project of the same name, it analyses 78 of the most useful documents on CHW programs with components of family planning and selective reproductive health services, as well as community-based distribution.

Community Health Worker Programs: A Review of Recent Literature

This paper reviews recently published literature on community health worker programs, primarily focusing on maternal and newborn child health. Eighteen CHW programs and eleven relevant articles were included. It identifies key components of successful CHWs programs, reviews past successes and failures of CHW program implementation and summarizes important lessons learned.

Reliability of Community Health Worker Collected Data for Planning and Policy in a Peri-Urban Area of Kisumu, Kenya

This article investigates the validity and reliability of Community Based Information collected by CHWs in Kenya. The study concludes that CHWs collect sufficient household data that can be used to inform decisions on health interventions  and to scale-up and develop new programs.

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