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

Facilitating equitable community-level access to maternal health services: exploring the experiences of Rwanda’s community health workers

CHWs play an integral role in linking members of communities to maternal health services in formal health care systems. This study identifies specific strategies applied by CHWs in Rwanda to promote equitable maternal care in their communities. It highlights the need for future research on strategies to motivate community health workers. 

Salaried and voluntary community health workers: exploring how incentives and expectation gaps influence motivation

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.

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.

Optimising the performance of frontline implementers engaged in the NTD programme in Nigeria: lessons for strengthening community health systems for universal health coverage

Successful attainment of Neglected Tropical Disease goals and other health interventions depends on maximizing frontline implementers’ performance. This study aimed to capture and translate knowledge, problems and solutions, identified by implementers, to enhance NTD program delivery at the community level in Nigeria.

Community Health Workers Improve Linkage to Hypertension Care in Western Kenya

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.

Mobile training and support (MOTS) service—using technology to increase Ebola preparedness of remotely-located community health workers (CHWs) in Sierra Leone

The Ministry of Health in Sierra Leone has operationalized a nationwide Digital Health Strategy to guide the rollout of e-Health and m-Health solutions. This article presents the findings of a pilot that tested a CHW mobile training and support (MOTS) service using interactive voice response technology (IVR). The platform delivers voice recorded training content in local languages on the topics of Vaccines and (Ebola) Disease Surveillance & Outbreak Response.

The state of community health information systems in West and Central Africa

The use of stand-alone community-based reporting systems in developing countries provide insufficient information to key stakeholders and policy makers the information they require. there is a need for community-based reporting systems that feed information directly into centralized, government owned information systems.

Integration of mental health into primary care and community health working in Kenya: context, rationale, coverage and sustainability

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.

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.

Community health workers obtain similar results using cell-phone based hearing screening tools compared to otolaryngologists in low resourced settings.

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.

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