With shortages of qualified human resources for health in low-income sub-Saharan African countries with high HIV/AIDs prevalence, there has been an increased interest in CHWs. This article examines whether present CHW programs supporting antiretroviral treatment in sub-Saharan Africa are taking into account lessons learned from past experiences and to what extent they are capitalizing on opportunities for improvement.
This article looks at the determinants of community health workers using mobile phone technologies in rural Rwanda. Technical characteristics were found to be a predictor of use, while user characteristics were not.
This pilot model involving community health workers (CHWs) delivering treatment for uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition (SAM) was tested in Mali. The authors found the properly trained and managed CHWs can manage uncomplicated SAM.
This retrospective observational study examined the quality of integrated community case management (iCCM) care given by village health workers in five villages in Bugoye subcounty in Uganda. For malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhoea the quality of care was high, though the overall quality of care was lower. There is an increase in quality of care after the implementation of iCCM services.
This research article examined the best way to deliver seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) treatment. The authors found that door-to-door delivery provided better coverage than fixed-point delivery, while directly observed therapy (which uses more resources) did not improve coverage. Community health workers deliver SMC treatment through door-to-door and fixed-point delivery.
While community health workers (CHWs) often identify and screen for severe acute malnutrition (SAM), this study looks at incorporating SAM treatment into the work of CHWs. The results from a randomized intervention study in Kita, Southwest Mali, indicated that with minimal training CHWs can treat SAM appropriately, which could result in lower defaulter ratios and improve access to treatment.
This paper uses a newly developed general framework to create a cluster lot quality assurance sampling (C-LQAS) system. This method for creating a C-LQAS system is used to design data quality assessments for a community health worker program in Rwanda.