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

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.

What do Accredited Social Health Activists need to provide comprehensive care that incorporates non-communicable diseases? Findings from a qualitative study in Andhra Pradesh, India

The Indian National Program for Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Cancer and Stroke (NPCDCS) aims to deliver non- communicable disease (NCD) care via primary healthcare teams which include Indian CHWs know as Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs).This study sought  to understand the current capacity and challenges faced by ASHAs hrough a  desktop review of NPCDCS and ASHA policy documents combined with group discussions with community members from the Guntur region of Andhra Pradesh in India.

Acceptability and feasibility of using non-specialist health workers to deliver mental health care: Stakeholder perceptions from the PRIME district sites in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa, and Uganda

Task sharing as an approach to target mental health through community health workers is slowly gaining attention and support in LMICs. This multi-site study aimed to determine key factors that could drive task sharing in different contexts along with providing insight regarding challenges associated with the approach.

Effect of a Community Health Worker-Based Approach to Integrated Cardiovascular Risk Factor Control in India: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial

Several previous studies have evaluated the ability of community health workers (CHWs) to target individual cardiovascular risk factors. This study presents findings from a randomized control trial aimed at integrating CHW lead efforts for hypertension, diabetes and smoking control. It revealed that CHWs have a significant effort on hypertension and promotes the use of home-based care for cardiovascular risk factors through CHWs in LMICs.

Effects of a Community Health Worker-Led Multimedia Intervention on the Uptake of Cervical Cancer Screening among South Asian Women: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

The uptake of cervical cancer screening services is low among South Asian women. Multimedia interventions facilitated by community health workers (CHW) offer an approach to improve screening service utilization rates. This randomized controlled pilot study evaluated the feasibility and preliminary effects of a CHW-led intervention on improving cervical cancer screening uptake in an underprivileged group.

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.

Potential for a comprehensive stroke education: Assessing awareness about stroke among community health workers - A qualitative study from Urban Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

The rising incidence of stroke is growing into a major public health concern. Yet, there is limited awareness about its risk factors and treatment procedures. This study involved a focus group discussion with Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) in India to understand their level of awareness regarding stroke, its causes, and related treatment procedures.

The impact of India’s accredited social health activist (ASHA) program on the utilization of maternity services: a nationally representative longitudinal modelling study

The accredited social health activist (ASHA) program was launched by the Indian government in 2006 as a means of reaching marginalized communities. This article looks at data from the Indian Human Development Surveys conducted in 2004-2005 and 2011-2012 to assess the effect of the ASHA program on the uptake of maternity services.

Motivational Factors Influencing Retention of Village Health Workers in Rural Communities of Bhutan

Village health Workers (VHWs) are the first point of contact in ensuring vital health services reach communities across Bhutan. This quantitative study identifies motivational factors which enable retention of VHWs in the health system. The study involves a cross-sectional survey design.

Are community health workers effective in retaining women in the maternity care continuum? Evidence from India

The importance of maintaining a continuum of care with respect to health requirements of mothers and newborns has been recognized world over. This study looks at the example of the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) program in India as a model intervention.  It uses the Indian Human Development survey data from between 2011 to 2012.

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