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

Visibility in community health work mediated by mobile health systems: A case of Malawi

The authors assess community health workers’ visibility within a technological space. They argue that  mHealth makes CHW’s work more visible by showing their use of mHealth and data systems in different locations and making their data accessible beyond their direct supervisors.   

Evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of the treatment of uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition by lady health workers as compared to an outpatient therapeutic feeding programme in Sindh Province, Pakistan

In this article, a cost effectiveness analysis is used to compare outpatient facility–based treatment of severe acute malnutrition with one delivered by community health workers in rural Pakistan. The study found that facility based treatment was only slightly more cost-effective than the alternative.

Dealing with context in logic model development: Reflections from a realist evaluation of a community health worker programme in Nigeria

The authors in this article assess the extent to which community health worker programs improve access to maternity services. They use the integration of contextual factors into a logic model to frame the assessment and argue that the logic model can serve as an analytical tool rather than an end in itself.

Does the provision of community health services offset the effects of poverty and low maternal educational attainment on childhood mortality? An analysis of the equity effect of the Navrongo experiment in Northern Ghana

This paper assesses the contribution of Ghana’s Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) strategy in mitigating the effects of poverty and low parental education on childhood mortality. It stresses that comprehensive training and provision of a package of essential are needed to achieve improved health outcomes.

The Governance of National Community Health Worker Programmes in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: An Empirically Based Framework of Governance Principles, Purposes and Tasks

This article proposes a framework for the design and scale up of CHW program governance.  Drawing from  factual observations of South Africa’s community health system and theoretical insights on governance, the article frames key governance principles and outputs.

A real-time medical cartography of epidemic disease (Nodding syndrome) using village-based lay mHealth reporters

This article describes the feasibility of developing real-time, village-based health surveillance of an epidemic of Nodding syndrome (NS) using software-programmed smartphones operated by minimally trained lay mHealth reporters in northern Uganda. 

Community-based maternal, newborn, and child health surveillance: perceptions and attitudes of local stakeholders towards using mobile phone by village health volunteers in the Kenge Health Zone, Democratic Republic of Congo

This resource presents the results of a post-implementation survey of a 2016 community-based maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) surveillance activity using mobile phones in Kenge Health Zone (KHZ), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The study assessed the perceptions of households, attitudes of community health volunteers, and opinions of nurses and administrative authorities towards the use of mobile phones for MNCH surveillance. 

 

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