Video Spotlight

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

Preventing malaria in pregnancy through community-directed interventions: evidence from Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

This study analyzes a community-based programme to determine the degree to which community-directed interventions delivered through volunteer community based distributions  can improve access to malaria prevention strategies for pregnant women, including use of ITNs, IPTp drugs and counseling. Results suggest that beyond  access to malaria prevention, access to formal health care in general, and antenatal care in particular increased.

Community-Based Approaches to HIV Treatment in Resource-Poor Settings

This study assesses an HIV treatment program in a rural community in Haiti. Utilizing a community based approach with community health workers, the study found that increasing accessibility to HAART drugs in conjunction with community support, the health of a community can improve. The study concludes that utilizing a more-developed world approach can and should be done in order to reach and treat all citizens of the world infected by HIV/AIDS.

Integrated HIV prevention and care strengthens primary health care: Lessons from rural Haiti

The report discusses Partners in Health (PIH) HIV work in one of Haiti's poorest areas. PIH launched a small pilot project integrating AIDS care with prevention efforts. PIH found that such projects are replicable and may enhance primary health care. CHWs played a crucial role in developing a stronger approach to HIV/AIDS as well as scaling up primary health care.

Community-Based care in resource-limited settings: A framework for Action

This document provides a systematic framework for establishing and maintaining community home-based care (CHBC) in resource-limited settings for people living with HIV/AIDS and those with other chronic or disabling conditions.  This document provides a framework to guide governments, national and international donor agencies and community-based organizations in developing or expanding CHBC programmes.

Saving Women's Lives: Community Health Workers Are Key in Rwanda

This success story demonstrates how CHWs can play a crucial role in educating women and families about basic health needs and maternal and newborn care. In Rwanda, the MOH uses CHWs to improve MCH; nearly 12,000 were trained by the US Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) to strengthen their  knowledge of emergency obstetric and newborn care and active management of the third stage of labor to improve MCH care.

Human Resources for Health in Maternal, Neonatal, and Reproductive Health at the Community Level: A Synthesis of the Literature with a focus on the Asia Pacific Region

This literature review provides examples of lessons learned in the planning, implementation and evaluation of HRH interventions in maternal, neonatal and reproductive health (MNRH) at the community level in the Asia and Pacific regions. The review outlines interventions in the areas of HRH policy, management, and education and training. It synthesizes what are considered effective ways of working with the community and ways towards building supportive environments for health workers.

Isibindi Model of Care for Vulnerable Children and Youth

This document describes the Isibindi Model which uses community-based child and youth care workers in communities in an innovative team outreach program to support children and families affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The aim is to enable children and youth to acquire skills that will increase their competency in their living environment and facilitate emotional support to children and youth.

Role Development of Community Health Workers

This study reviews research on CHW programs and concludes there is an inconsistent reporting of selection and training processes for CHWs in the existing literature. It presents a conceptual model  for the role development of CHWs to guide future reporting of CHW programs in the intervention literature.

Community case management of diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia: Tracking science to policy and practice in sub-Saharan Africa

New MNCH Working Paper from UNICEF on CCM policy and practice in sub-Saharan Africa

UNICEF has just released a new MNCH Working Paper titled “Community case management of diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia: Tracking science to policy and practice in sub-Saharan Africa” by Asha George, Mark Young, Rory Nefdt, Roshni Basu, Mariame Sylla, Marika Yip Bannicq, and Theresa Diaz.

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