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How to Mobilize Communities for Health and Social Change

This field guide is designed for health program directors and managers of community-based programs who are considering using community mobilization to improve health at the individual, family, and community level. The field guide contains illustrative examples and lessons learned in community mobilization experiences from around the world, focusing on working with disadvantaged or marginalized groups in developing countries.

Meeting the health information needs of health workers: What have we learned?

The information challenges facing health workers worldwide include lack of routine systems for seeking and sharing information, lack of high-quality and current health information, and lack of locally relevant materials and tools. This article presents three studies of health information needs in India, Senegal, and Malawi that demonstrate these information challenges, provide additional insight, and describe innovative strategies to improve knowledge management and ensure health workers have the equipment and supplies they need.

Perceived barriers and motivating factors influencing student midwives' acceptance of rural postings in Ghana

To meet Millennium Development Goal Five and the reproductive needs of all women, it is predicted that an additional 334,000 midwives are needed. Despite the ongoing efforts to increase this cadre of health workers there are still glaring gaps and inequities in distribution. In countries where there are too few health workers, deployment of midwives (including recruitment and retention) to rural postings is a continuing challenge.

Community case management of diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia: Tracking science to policy and practice in sub-Saharan Africa

New MNCH Working Paper from UNICEF on CCM policy and practice in sub-Saharan Africa

UNICEF has just released a new MNCH Working Paper titled “Community case management of diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia: Tracking science to policy and practice in sub-Saharan Africa” by Asha George, Mark Young, Rory Nefdt, Roshni Basu, Mariame Sylla, Marika Yip Bannicq, and Theresa Diaz.

A systematic review of strategies to increase demand, uptake and quality of community-based diagnosis and case management of malaria

New MNCH Working Paper from UNICEF and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine presenting a systematic review of CCM for malaria

UNICEF, in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has just released a new MNCH Working Paper titled “A systematic review of strategies to increase demand, uptake and quality of community-based diagnosis and case management of malaria” by Lucy Smith Paintain, Barbara Willey, Alyssa Sharkey, Julia Kim, Valentina Buj, David Schellenberg & Ngashi Ngongo.

Deployment of community health workers across rural sub-Saharan Africa: financial considerations and operational assumptions

Objective
To provide cost guidance for developing a locally adaptable and nationally scalable community health worker (CHW) system within primary-health-care systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

Qualitative study to identify solutions to local barriers to care-seeking and treatment for diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia - Report on findings from Nigeria

The report is based on UNICEF's three country qualitative study to identify solutions to local barriers to care-seeking and treatment for diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia. The study had three main objectives:
 

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