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

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.

Factors enabling community health workers and volunteers to overcome sociocultural barriers to behaviour change: meta-synthesis using the concept of social capital

A meta-synthesis of the existing literature, this article examines 33 publications to identify the factors that enable community health workers to bring about behavior change. It explicitly recognizes the difference between full-time trained and salaried community health workers and part-time community volunteers and proposes an approach to better coordinating the community health workforce to serve health, behavior change and empowerment needs. 

Community Health Policy Matters

APC’s Community Health Policy Matters video tells the story of fictional characters Winnie and Mary, and how a fragmented health system affects each woman’s ability to access family planning services in her respective community. This animated video highlights how policy can improve the health system for women.

Delivery of public health services by community health workers (CHWs) in primary health care settings in China: a systematic review (1996–2016)

China has a history of integrating CHWs in public health intervention programs. Known as village doctors, these CHWs provide treatment and public responsibilities health. This systematic review identifies the public health services provided by CHWs and describes the potential barriers and facilitators of these services. 

Mass drug administration and the sustainable control of schistosomiasis: Community health workers are vital for global elimination efforts

This cross-sectional survey in the Philippines emphasizes the importance of community health workers in reaching the drug coverage rate 0d 75% set by WHO and increasing compliance with mass drug administration in the community. 

Effectiveness of a lifestyle intervention led by female community health volunteers versus usual care in blood pressure reduction (COBIN): an open-label, cluster-randomised trial

This community-based, cluster-randomised controlled trial in Nepal had female community health volunteers provide home counseling and blood pressure monitoring. The intervention resulted in a reduction of blood pressure for participants with hypertension and helps age-related blood pressure increases in adults.

Community health workers for blood pressure control in Nepal

This cluster-randomised study used an intervention group of female community health volunteers to reduce blood pressure. The authors saw no significant changes in lifestyle factors, though use of antihypertensive medicine and exercise increased, while salt intake decreased.

The contribution of female community health volunteers (FCHVs) to maternity care in Nepal: a qualitative study

This study looks at a group of community health workers know as Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) and their role in reducing the maternal mortality ratio in Nepal. 

“Self-development matters” - Perception of Sakhis (CHWs) assessing self-development outcomes of their participation in the HBNC Program

This qualitative study looks at the perceptions of community health workers on the outcomes of the Home-Based Neonatal Care Program in India. The authors found that having local women participate in development programs results in both the potential for self-development and the program objective.

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