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

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  • Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) have been providing integrated community case management (iCCM) for sick children in Malawi since 2008. HSAs report monthly iCCM program data but, at the time of this study, little of it was being used for service improvement. Additionally, HSAs and facility health workers did not have the tools to compile and visualize the data they collected to make...

    Reads: 80
    Author(s): Elizabeth Hazel, Emmanuel Chimbalanga, Tiyese Chimuna, Humphreys Nsona, Angella Mtimuni, Ernest Kaludzu, Kate Gilroy and Tanya Guenther
  • This brief is an outline of Zambia’s community health assistant (CHA) program detailing the impact of a nationwide salaried cadre of CHWs.  The report includes how CHAs are recruited, trained, and deployed in rural areas of Zambia.  The impact of CHA programs was found to include: task shifting and uptake of services, evidence-based strategies to recruit high performance CHAs and increased the...

    Reads: 311
  • In 2012, a new cadre of Community Health Assistants (CHAs) were deployed as part of Zambia’s National Community Health Strategy.  This study aims to evaluate the impact CHAs have on the volume and type of health services provided.  Results show that the addition of CHAs in rural areas increased health service provision shifting the burden of basic health services away from more highly trained...

    Reads: 647
    Author(s): Brett Keller, Elizabeth McCarthy, Kathryn Bradford Vosburg, Mutinta Musonda, Jere Mwila, Jan Willem van den Broek, Fiona J. Walsh
  • To improve healthcare access in rural areas, in 2010 the Government of Zambia implemented a national CHW strategy that introduced a new cadre of healthcare workers called community health assistants (CHAs). After 1 year of training the pilot class of 307 CHAs were deployed in September 2012. This paper presents findings from a process evaluation of the barriers and facilitators of...

    Reads: 604
    Author(s): Katharine D. Shelley, Yekoyesew W. Belete, Sydney Chauwa Phiri, Mutinta Musonda, Elizabeth Chizema Kawesha, Evelyn Mutinta Muleya, Caroline Phiri Chibawe, Jan Willem van den Broek, Kathryn Bradford Vosburg
  • In 2010, Zambia created a cadre of community health workers called Community Health Assistants (CHAs).  This program continues to be scaled up to meet the needs of Zambia’s rural population.  This study summarizes the factors that have aided the scale-up of the CHA program as well as the challenges.  The study determined that CHAs play a critical role in providing a wide range of services to...

    Reads: 606
    Author(s): Sydney Chauwa Phiri, Margaret Lippitt Prust, Caroline Phiri Chibawe, Ronald Misapa, Jan Willem van den Broek and Nikhil Wilmink
  •  For the organizations who have dedicated themselves to building good CHW programs, where can they go to learn how to make programs that are built to thrive? The Center for Health Market Innovation awarded two like-minded health delivery...

    Reads: 761
    Author(s): Daniel Palazuelos, PIH Community Health Systems Initiative Round Table Series
  • This report is the first National Community Health Strategy Malawi has produced, spanning from 2017 to 2022.  This strategy is intended to work towards achieving Millennium Development Goal number three: universal health care.  The main focus of this strategy include: integration of health services, community engagement, and sufficient and equitable distribution of well-trained community...

    Reads: 682
    Author(s): Malawi Ministry of Health
  • An intervention brought together community health workers, health facility staff, and accredited drug dispensing outlet (ADDO) dispensers to improve maternal and newborn health through a mechanism of collaboration and referral. This study explored barriers, successes, and promising approaches to increasing timely access to care by linking the three levels of health care provision. The study...

    Reads: 870
    Author(s): Angel Dillip, Suleiman Kimatta, Martha Embrey, John C Chalker, Richard Valimba, Mariam Malliwah, John Meena, Rachel Lieber and Keith Johnson
  • CORE Group has developed a module about cholera to address gaps in preparedness and response in at risk countries and communities.  The complete guide features four different lesson plans, and is complemented by flip charts that are intended to be used by community health workers.  These lessons aim to reach mothers and caregivers of children under the age of 5 because this age group has...

    Reads: 523
    Author(s): CORE Group
  • In July of 2012, CARE partnered with other organizations to provide 120 million women and girls with family planning information and services by the year 2020.  This report reflects on the first half of the initiative, evaluating what has been accomplished thus far.  The evaluation shows that many barriers to providing women and girls with more family planning support remain. In this report,...

    Reads: 340
    Author(s): CARE

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New Resource: Advancing Partners and Communities

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Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) advances and supports community programs that improve the overall health of communities and achieve other health-related impacts, especially in relationship to family planning. The project increases access to community-based health services, spanning a spectrum of health issues. Implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., in partnership with FHI 360, APC advances global learning by providing technical assistance to local partners and governments, generating new data and evidence, managing over 100 small and medium sized grants, and building the   organizational and technical capacity of organizations to strengthen community health and family planning programming. APC’s work spans a wide spectrum of technical areas, including but not limited to: expanding access to quality health and FP services, building human resource capacity, strengthening policy and health systems, and integrating youth and gender into all of our activities. The changing landscape of health systems, combined with the shortage of highly skilled health providers, has created opportunities for scaling-up task sharing in the delivery of health and FP services at the community level.

Specific APC resources that may be of particular interest to implementers that work with CHWs are the Community Health Systems Catalog, the Community Health Worker Provision of Injectable Contraceptives suite of tools, and the first in a series of Community-based Health System Model briefs, focused on Nepal. Please visit APC’s website to learn more about the project and explore our many other resources. To learn about new resources and stay up to date on APC’s activities, please sign up for the newsletter.


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