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Report on the Feasibility of Measuring the iCCM Task Force Indicators through Existing Monitoring Systems in DRC, Niger, Madagascar, Senegal, South Sudan and Zambia

The Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) Task Force (TF) has proposed a list of 48 indicators to guide governments and partners in monitoring and evaluating national iCCM programs. These indicators are compiled in the document entitled Indicator Guide for Monitoring and Evaluating Integrated Community Case Management. Recently, the iCCM TF began a review process to determine the number of indicators being reported by country programs, and opportunities and challenges related to measuring indicators not being reported.

A Training Program in Community-Directed Intervention (CDI) to Improve Access to Essential Health ServicesThis series of 18 training modules can be used in a five- or six-day workshop to deliver technical content on case management and prevention of commo

This series of 18 training modules can be used in a five- or six-day workshop to deliver technical content on case management and prevention of common health problems through a community-directed delivery mechanism. These modules build on field experience in delivering malaria services through community effort as well as on the 16+ years of effort by the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control and the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases of the World Health Organization and its partners.

Community case management of malaria: exploring support, capacity and motivation of community medicine distributors in Uganda

Abstract Background In Uganda, community services for febrile children are expanding from presumptive treatment of fever with anti-malarials through the home-based management of fever (HBMF) programme, to include treatment for malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia through Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM).

Department of Maternal, Newborn Child and Adolescent Health (MCA) Progress Report - 2012-2013

This report presents highlights of the work accomplished by the WHO Department
of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA) in 2012 and 2013. The
scope and mandate of the work of the Department are broad. Through research,
MCA generates new evidence to shape norms, standards and guidelines that serve to
guide countries in adopting the most effective, evidence-based policies and strategies. It
supports building capacity for moving towards universal access to high-quality, integrated

mHealth Support Tools for Improving the Performance of Frontline Health Workers: An Inventory and Analytical Review

The United Nations (UN) Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children (hereafter referred to as the “Commission) was established in 2012 to increase access to and expand the use of 13 life-saving health commodities for women and children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by 2015. To achieve this goal, the Commission made 10 recommendations, based on research into the barriers impacting the accessibility and adoption of the 13 commodities.

The provision of TB and HIV/AIDS treatment support by lay health workers in South Africa: a time-and-motion study

Lay or community health workers (LHWs) are an important human resource in primary health care, and contribute to improving access to care. However, optimal use of LHWs within the health system is often hampered by a poor understanding of how this cadre organizes its work. This study aimed to better understand how LHWs organize and structure their time in providing treatment and adherence support to people on TB treatment and/or antiretroviral therapy (ART) in South Africa.

Community health workers in low-, middle-, and high-income countries: an overview of their history, recent evolution, and current effectiveness.

Over the past half-century, community health workers (CHWs) have been a growing force for extending health care and improving the health of populations. Following their introduction in the 1970s, many large-scale CHW programs declined during the 1980s, but CHW programs throughout the world more recently have seen marked growth. Research and evaluations conducted predominantly during the past two decades offer compelling evidence that CHWs are critical for helping health systems achieve their potential, regardless of a country's level of development.

Promising Approaches to Integrating Community Health Workers into Health Systems: Four Case Studies

The productive roles that community health workers (CHWs) can play in health care are drawing increasing interest among US policymakers, providers, insurers, and other stakeholders. While there is a growing interest, little has been documented about the scope of practice, supervision, and human resources standards implemented by states and by employers of CHWs, or how CHWs are financed. Such dimensions of implementing CHW models are important to promoting interventions that integrate CHWs.

Opportunities for Community Health Workers in the Era of Health Reform

Health reform has created a watershed moment for community health workers (CHWs). Both coverage expansions and a new focus on creating value in health care offer new opportunities for CHWs. This paper assesses existing impediments to and enablers of the expansion of CHW employment. It catalogues how the ACA and other health reform efforts affect prospects for sustainable employment for CHWs. It also looks at workforce issues, insurance enrollment needs, affordability and accessibility of services, and changes in approaches to public health and prevention.

Integrating Community Health Workers into a Reformed Health Care System

Community health workers (CHWs) can help to achieve the goals of the Affordable Care Act—better health, better care, and lower costs. CHWs are typically laypeople whose close connections with a community enable them to win trust and improve health and health services for those they serve. However, challenges with financing structures, workforce training, and service organization can hinder the expansion of the CHW workforce.

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