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Assessment of tuberculosis knowledge among Lesotho village health workers and utilisation of their tuberculosis services by the communities they serve

Village health workers (VHWs) play an integral role in educating communities about tuberculosis (TB), conducting TB screening and facilitating treatment. This cross-sectional descriptive study aimed to assess TB knowledge among VHWs, households and overall utilization of TB services. It involved interviews of populations at household and clinic levels in 20 out 0f 19 districts in Lesotho. 

Piloting a participatory, community-based health information system for strengthening community-based health services: findings of a cluster-randomized controlled trial in the slums of Freetown, Sierra Leone

Community engagement is considered to be a valuable strategy to improving health systems. However, there is limited evidence regarding the effectiveness of this approach. This study focused on operations research of a community-based health information system (PCBHIS). The development and implementation of the PCBHIS was assessed in slum communities.

Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM): Updated Program Functionality Matrix for Optimizing Community Health Programs

To support quality CHW program design and implementation, USAID, UNICEF, the Community Health Impact Coalition, and Initiatives Inc. have updated and adapted the Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM) Program Functionality Matrix tool. This tool can be applied at district, regional, and national levels to identify and close gaps in design and implementation and, ultimately, enhance program performance.

A gender analysis of a national community health workers program: A case study of Afghanistan.

This qualitative resource explores the gendered dynamics of the CHW program in Afghanistan. It examines how broader societal gender norms affect the CHW program and suggests that the gendered division of health labour may provide opportunities for women's empowerment.

Using community health workers to refer pregnant women and young children to health care facilities in rural West Bengal, India: A prospective cohort study

CHWs have been deployed in rural parts of India to improve access to preventative care in the country. This prospective cohort study describes how pregnant women and mothers of young children in rural West Bengal, India react when CHWs inform them that they, or their child, are at high risk of pregnancy-related complications or early childhood development delays and need further screening and health care from a physician. 

Strengthening the Healthy Start Workforce: A Mixed-Methods Study to Understand the Roles of Community Health Workers in Healthy Start and Inform the Development of a Standardized Training Program

Healthy Start (HS) is a program dedicated to preventing infant mortality, improving birth outcomes, and reducing maternal and infant health disparities. This mixed-methods study researched how CHWs, an essential part of the HS workforce, provide for families and communities and inform the development of a standardized training program. 

Delivery of public health services by community health workers (CHWs) in primary health care settings in China: a systematic review (1996–2016)

China has a history of integrating CHWs in public health intervention programs. Known as village doctors, these CHWs provide treatment and public responsibilities health. This systematic review identifies the public health services provided by CHWs and describes the potential barriers and facilitators of these services. 

Evaluating the Impact of a Community Health Worker in the Heart Smarts Corner Stores

This study examines the effects of community health workers on participation in the Heart Smarts program implemented by the Food Trust. Results show higher participant retention rates and lower blood pressure rates in stores that had community health workers. The authors suggest that having community health workers in other sites would increase the number of repeat visits and help in lowering participant blood pressure. 

Improving data quality in community health programmes: Recommendations from inter-country research

This brief discusses how to improve data quality in community health programmes and references the role of community health volunteers in data collection.

The perceptions of first nation participants in a community oral health initiative

This paper examines the perspective of community members on the Children's Oral Health Initiative (COHI) who have children enrolled in the program through interviews. The authors found that local, community-based oral health prevention programs are perceived by the community to be beneficial. 

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