New MNCH Working Paper from UNICEF and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine presenting a systematic review of CCM for malaria
UNICEF, in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has just released a new MNCH Working Paper titled “A systematic review of strategies to increase demand, uptake and quality of community-based diagnosis and case management of malaria” by Lucy Smith Paintain, Barbara Willey, Alyssa Sharkey, Julia Kim, Valentina Buj, David Schellenberg & Ngashi Ngongo.
This report is based on UNICEF's three country qualitative study to identify solutions to local barriers to care-seeking and treatment for diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia. The study had three main objectives:
Community Health Workers (CHWs) provide a critical and essential link with health systems and are a powerful force for promoting healthy behaviors in resource-constrained settings. During the past decade, there has been an explosion of evidence and interest concerning community health workers and their potential for improving the health of populations where health workforce resources are limited.
The World Health Organization’s recommendations on optimizing the roles of health workers aim to help address critical health workforce shortages that slow down progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A more rational distribution of tasks and responsibilities among cadres of health workers can significantly improve both access and cost-effectiveness – for example by training and enabling ‘mid-level’ and ‘lay’ health workers to perform specific interventions otherwise provided only by cadres with longer (and sometimes more specialized) training.