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

Community health workers of Afghanistan: a qualitative study of a national program

In 2003 a Basic Package of Health Services was designed to provide services to the rural population in Afghanistan. This descriptive, qualitative study examines the gender breakdown and effectiveness of the CHW workforce. As some of the 20,000 CHWs across the country move up the hierarchy of supervision and training, management and decision making, the ratio of women to man falls. Volunteerism aids in the large distribution of CHWs and community participation guides CHW tasks, but also poses a threat to the program due to traditional leader’s misguided influence in the community.

Becoming and remaining community health workers: Perspectives from Ethiopia and Mozambique

Many global health practitioners are currently reaffirming the importance of recruiting and retaining effective community health workers (CHWs) in order to achieve major public health goals. This raises policy-relevant questions about why people become and remain CHWs. This paper addresses these questions, drawing on ethnographic work in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, between 2006 and 2009, and in Chimoio, a provincial town in central Mozambique, between 2003 and 2010.

Scaling up delivery of contraceptive implants in sub-Saharan Africa: operational experiences of Marie Stopes International

Contraceptive implants offer promising opportunities for addressing the high and growing unmet need for modern contraceptives in sub-Saharan Africa. Marie Stopes International (MSI) offers implants as one of many family planning options. High levels of client satisfaction were attained alongside service provision scale up by using existing MSI service delivery channels—mobile outreach, social franchising, and clinics—to implement strategies that broadened access for underserved clients and maintained service quality.

Home visits by community health workers to prevent neonatal deaths in developing countries: a systematic review

The last three decades have witnessed a significant fall in mortality rates among children under 5 years of age in developing countries, whereas neonatal mortality rates have decreased at a slower pace.

Working with Community Health Workers as 'volunteers' in a vaccine trial: Practical and ethical experiences and implications

Community engagement is increasingly emphasized in biomedical research, as a right in itself, and to strengthen ethical practice. We draw on interviews and observations to consider the practical and ethical implications of involving Community Health Workers (CHWs) as part of a community engagement strategy for a vaccine trial on the Kenyan Coast. CHWs were initially engaged as an important network to be informed about the trial.

60 Million non-facility births: who can deliver in community settings to reduce intrapartum-related deaths?

For the world's 60 million non-facility births, addressing who is currently attending these births and what effect they have on birth outcomes is a key starting point toward improving care during childbirth. Skilled childbirth care is recommended for all pregnant women, and community strategies need to be linked to prompt, high-quality emergency obstetric care. CHWs may play a promising role in providing pregnancy and childbirth care, mobilizing communities, and improving perinatal outcomes in low-income settings.

A Wellness Course for Community Health Workers in Alaska: "wellness lives in the heart of the community".

This study aims to develop, implement, and evaluate a culturally respectful Wellness Course with and for Alaska's village-based Community Health Workers (CHWs) to support community health promotion and disease prevention.This article describes Wellness Course development, implementation, and evaluation. Five 5-day Wellness Courses were provided for 55 CHWs from communities throughout Alaska. Learning wellness information with hands-on activities and practising health presentation and community engagement skills within the course design increased participants' wellness knowledge and skills,

It’s about time: WHO and partners release programming strategies for postpartum family planning

The postpartum period is a critical time to address high unmet family planning need and to reduce the risks of closely spaced pregnancies. Practical tools are included in the new resource for integrating postpartum family planning at points when women have frequent health system contact, including antenatal care, labor and delivery, postnatal care, immunization, and child health care. Actions at various levels, including community health workers are necessary in order to offer the  family planning services that postpartum women want and deserve. 

African American Community Breast Health Education: A Pilot Project.

This paper reports the results of a project designed to examine the effectiveness of a Train the Trainer breast health education and screening program for African American, elderly and underserved women residing in the greater Nashville area. The project aimed to identify a cadre of women from the community willing to serve as leader advocates and peer breast health educators.

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