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A Novel Mobile Health Tool for Home-Based Identification of Neonatal Illness in Uganda: Formative Usability Study.

This study aimed to assess the usability and acceptability of the NeMo system in rural Uganda. NeMo is an intuitive platform for neonatal assessment in a home setting. The study involved the application of the system by target users and volunteer community health workers (CHWs).

Supporting hearing health in vulnerable populations through community care workers using mHealth technologies.

Low- and middle-income countries face the highest burdens hearing loss. Added to this is the limited access to hearing care in these regions. This study looks at a community-based hearing screening program using smartphone testing by community care workers (CCWs) in vulnerable populations, infected or affected by HIV.

The impact of India’s accredited social health activist (ASHA) program on the utilization of maternity services: a nationally representative longitudinal modelling study

The accredited social health activist (ASHA) program was launched by the Indian government in 2006 as a means of reaching marginalized communities. This article looks at data from the Indian Human Development Surveys conducted in 2004-2005 and 2011-2012 to assess the effect of the ASHA program on the uptake of maternity services.

The Lives of Community Health Workers (Anthropology and Global Public Health)

The integral role of community health workers (CHWs) in global health programs is slowly gaining recognition and appreciation. This book draws on experiences of Ethiopian CHWs who provided home based antiretroviral therapy in Addis Ababa to highlight CHW contributions

Bridging the Gap: How Community Health Workers Promote the Health of Immigrants

Immigrants in the United States face a range of challenges with respect to access to quality health care. Community health workers play an important role in ensuring these individuals can avail of the necessary care and treatment. This book provides evidence and recommendations for engaging CHWs to serve immigrant populations.  

Do home pregnancy tests bring women to community health workers for antenatal care counselling? A randomized controlled trial in Madagascar

Provision of pregnancy tests by community health workers (CHWs) in low resource settings has the potential to reach a large proportion of women in these regions. This randomized control trial looks at the efficiency of an intervention which involves CHWs supplying home pregnancy tests and whether this approach brings in more clients for ante natal counselling (ANC).

Motivational Factors Influencing Retention of Village Health Workers in Rural Communities of Bhutan

Village health Workers (VHWs) are the first point of contact in ensuring vital health services reach communities across Bhutan. This quantitative study identifies motivational factors which enable retention of VHWs in the health system. The study involves a cross-sectional survey design.

Are community health workers effective in retaining women in the maternity care continuum? Evidence from India

The importance of maintaining a continuum of care with respect to health requirements of mothers and newborns has been recognized world over. This study looks at the example of the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) program in India as a model intervention.  It uses the Indian Human Development survey data from between 2011 to 2012.

A conversation with Dr. Jacques Sebisaho on working with CHWs in conflict settings

Dr. Palazuelos sits down with Jacques Sebisaho from Amani Global Works, an NGO based in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the island of Idjwi. Amani Global Works aims to provide healthcare for those in need and create a replicable model for care across Africa. Drawing from Jacques’s experiences as the founder of the organization, Dan and Jacques share personal stories about life, compassion, and danger working on the front lines of community health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and beyond.

Rural, Remote and Resilient: How to Build Better Outcomes Outside of America’s Cities

Over 60 million people reside outside cities in the United States. These populations often face higher rates of diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and suicide. While no specific cause for these disparities have been identified, environmental differences, education gaps and workforce shortages could be potential causes. This article presents 5 strategies for improving public health in rural America. Establishing a strong network of community health workers is highly recommended for improved health outcomes.

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