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Mobilizing Community Health Workers to Address Mental Health Disparities for Underserved Populations: A Systematic Review

This systematic review assesses the evidence on integrating community health workers (CHWs) into the delivery of mental health services in the United States and low- and middle- income countries. It includes 43 articles of which 39 are trials. The article highlights CHW background characteristics, their role in the mental health service provision, and the types of interventions in which they were involved.  

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.

Perceived impacts as narrated by service users and providers on practice, policy and mental health system following the implementation of the mhGAP-IG using the TEAM model in a rural setting in Makueni County, Kenya: a qualitative approach.

A comprehensive, team-based approach is essential to address the current mental health treatment gap. This article presents results from focus group discussions with community health workers (CHWs), traditional healers, faith healers and patients on patient, health provider and health system related strategies that could bridge the existing gap.

Using mobile technologies to support the training of community health workers in low-income and middle-income countries: mapping the evidence

This systematic review looks at a range of literature published between 2000-2018 on the application of mobile technologies for training community health workers in low and middle countries. The article looks at the use of these technologies across 9 global healthcare areas including neglected areas of disability and mental health.
 

Psychosocial distress among unpaid community health workers in rural Ethiopia: Comparing leaders in Ethiopia's Women's Development Army to their peers

Many global health initiatives rely heavily on unpaid and impoverished community health workers. Given the growing social science literature on volunteering in health programs in low- and middle-income countries, it is imperative to pay attention to the psychological and social well being of these volunteers. This study presents a quantitative and qualitative assessment of these factors from data obtained by a cross sectional survey of women who comprise Ethiopia’s state organized Women Development Army.

Community health worker-delivered counselling for common mental disorders among chronic disease patients in South Africa: a feasibility study

This study assessed the feasibility and acceptability of two approaches of community health worker (CHW)-delivered mental health counselling for patients with chronic diseases. The ‘designated’ approach involved CHWs providing counselling in addition to their regular duties while the ‘dedicated’ approach involved the CHWs taking sole responsibility of delivering mental health counseling.

Urban young women's preferences for intervention strategies to promote physical and mental health preconception: a Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI)

This study is a qualitative assessment of women’s preferences for preconception intervention strategies to promote physical and mental health in urban settings. The evaluation was carried out through focus group discussions in Soweto, South Africa.

Integration of Traditional Birth Attendants into Mental Healthcare: A Multistakeholder Qualitative Study Exploration

A large number of common mental disorders often go undiagnosed at primary healthcare facilities. This study looks at the feasibility of integrating traditional birth attendants into maternal mental health care through an analysis of views from multiple key stakeholders in Kenya.

Ethiopian community health workers’ beliefs and attitudes towards children with autism: Impact of a brief training intervention

Access to care for rural children living with autism is impeded by stigma and the confinement of autism care services to the capital city, Addis Ababa.  Community health workers can help mitigate these challenges. This article presents the findings of an assessment of the impact of a brief training on CHW beliefs and attitudes towards children with autism.

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