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"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.

Community acceptability of use of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria by community health workers in Uganda

This study assesses community acceptability of the use of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) by Ugandan CHWs, locally referred to as community medicine distributors (CMDs).  The study found that the use of RDTs by CMDs is likely to be acceptable by community members provided that CMDs are properly trained, and receive regular technical supervision and logistical support. A well-designed behavior change communication strategy is needed to address the anticipated programmatic challenges as well as community fears and stigma about drawing blood.

Healthy Villages: A guide for communities and community health workers

This guide outlines the type of information and approaches that Healthy Villages managers could provide to their communities; it can be used as the basis for developing material that is specific to regions or to entire countries. Healthy Villages deals with achieving good health through: water, excreta disposal, drainage, solid waste management, housing quality, hygiene, providing health care, and establishing committees for implementing Healthy Villages Initiatives.

Six Guiding Principles of Streamlining Community-based Programs

This report summarizes six guiding principles and lessons learned that emerged from the work of an MOH/BASICS team developing a community-based IMCI program in Madagascar. The principles elaborated for streamlining community-based programs are: 1. Action-based messages; 2. Easy-to-use front-line teaching tools; 3. Short skill-based trainings; 4. Engaging large numbers of volunteers; 5. Mass media support; and, 6. Celebrating achievement.

Thailand's unsung heroes

This article reports on the important contributions of community health volunteers in the success of primary health care in Thailand. More than 800,000 health volunteers, including Buddhist monks and their temples, work to promote primary health care and health promotion across the country.

Mobile Technology & Community Case Management- Solving the Last Mile in Health Care Delivery

This document is the report from a workshop that brought together public health and mobile technology experts. The group examined how the use of mobile phones and other related technology can improve health care delivery by supporting CHWs and integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) programs. The report presents scenarios that demonstrate how mobile technology can be used to: bridge gaps between suppliers and health providers; give voice to community demands; and, promote recognition of high-performing CHWs.

Tackling social factors to save lives in India

This article from the Bulletin of the WHO, describes various roles played by Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), India's national cadre of village-based workers, and other innovative community health programs working on maternal and child health, sanitation and hygiene, contraception, immunization and other health issues. CHWs are making major contributions to national efforts to reduce health inequalities and address social conditions that threaten the population’s health and access to care.

Community Health Worker Training Manual

This is the second (2005) edition of the Community Health Worker Training Manual of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health. The training manual provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of CHWs in meeting the health needs of the population, as well as key information and skills the CHWs require. Each chapter includes sections on: background, things to know, things to do and key points.

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Toolkit

This toolkit provides a variety of resources that form a platform for strengthening policy makers, program managers and service providers' capacity to promote access to maternal, newborn and child heath care. Developed by the Peace Corps,  the toolkit includes information on: pregnancy and birth preparedness; labor, post partum and newborn care; community mobilization; child survival; and monitoring and evaluation.

Social and Behavior Change Toolkit

This toolkit provides a variety of resources that form a platform for strengthening volunteers' or CHWs' capacity  to achieve social and behavior change. Developed by the Peace Corps, the toolkit includes information and resources on behavior change communications and  community mobilization.

Improving Programs through Training

The Program Management Guide is a "how-to" guide created by Partners in Health. This unit outlines how PIH provides training for three broad groups who serve and are served by our healthcare programs: 1) community health workers, 2) clinicians, and 3) patients and the community . Specific guidelines—relevant to all three of these groups—are offered for developing healthcare-focused training programs in a resource-poor setting.


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