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

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.

Community-Based treatment of advanced HIV disease: introducing DOT-HAART (directly observed therapy with highly active antiretroviral therapy)

Antiretroviral agents are not yet considered essential medications by international public health experts and are not widely used in the poor countries with high HIV prevalence.  With the collaboration of Haitian CHWs experienced in the delivery of home-based and directly observed treatment for TB, an AIDS-prevention project was expanded to deliver HAART to a subset of HIV patients deemed most likely to benefit. The study concludes that directly observed therapy (DOT) with HAART can be delivered effectively in poor settings if there is an uninterrupted supply of high-quality drugs.

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.

Multidisciplinary Care Teams: Report of an IAPAC Consultation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

A multidisciplinary care team can be defined as a partnership among health care workers of different disciplines inside and outside the health sector and the community with the goal of providing quality continuous, comprehensive and efficient health services. This report explores the potential of introducing multidisciplinary care teams into sub-Saharan health care settings in an effort to scale up access to antiretroviral therapy and to achieve efficiencies in the use of existing financial and human resources for health.

World Vision: Peer Education Training Summary Report

This report reviews World Vision's training and support for peer educators in  a school-based peer-led HIV prevention programme in three provinces of South Africa. The methodology is based on the Centre for the Support of Peer Education (CSPE) philosophy which encourages the use of peer educators to reach beneficiaries. Lessons learned are presented.

Facts for Life

Facts for Life provides essential information on how to prevent child and maternal deaths, diseases, injuries and violence. Written in simple language, the messages are based on the latest scientific findings by medical and child development experts around the world.  The contents can promote dialogue, learning, communication and action among children, youth, families, communities, and social networks.

Deployment of community health workers across rural sub-Saharan Africa: financial considerations and operational assumptions

Objective
To provide cost guidance for developing a locally adaptable and nationally scalable community health worker (CHW) system within primary-health-care systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

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