CHWs play an integral role in linking members of communities to maternal health services in formal health care systems. This study identifies specific strategies applied by CHWs in Rwanda to promote equitable maternal care in their communities. It highlights the need for future research on strategies to motivate community health workers.
A notable amount of progress has been made in reducing maternal mortality rates over the past 25 years in Senegal. However, the national maternal mortality ratio remains unacceptably high. With mobile health (mHealth) interventions been used increasingly in rural and remote areas of the country, this study looks at the application of CommCare. CommCare is an application that runs on cell phones distributed to community health workers to enroll and track women through their pregnancy, birth and post-partum.
This study aimed to assess the usability and acceptability of the NeMo system in rural Uganda. NeMo is an intuitive platform for neonatal assessment in a home setting. The study involved the application of the system by target users and volunteer community health workers (CHWs).
The accredited social health activist (ASHA) program was launched by the Indian government in 2006 as a means of reaching marginalized communities. This article looks at data from the Indian Human Development Surveys conducted in 2004-2005 and 2011-2012 to assess the effect of the ASHA program on the uptake of maternity services.
Provision of pregnancy tests by community health workers (CHWs) in low resource settings has the potential to reach a large proportion of women in these regions. This randomized control trial looks at the efficiency of an intervention which involves CHWs supplying home pregnancy tests and whether this approach brings in more clients for ante natal counselling (ANC).
The importance of maintaining a continuum of care with respect to health requirements of mothers and newborns has been recognized world over. This study looks at the example of the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) program in India as a model intervention. It uses the Indian Human Development survey data from between 2011 to 2012.
Maternal and newborn health programs in low- and middle-income countries are largely dependent on community health workers (CHWs). This study involves a mixed methods systematic review of qualitative and quantitative studies conducted between 1996 and 2017. It examines evidence on the effectiveness of CHW interventions in reducing socio economic inequities and the means through which this is achieved in varying contexts.
The provision of routine prenatal care is a crucial step towards reduction of health risks in women and their children that is typically the responsibility of primary health providers, often carried out by community health workers (CHWs). This cross-sectional study ascertained CHW awareness regarding (1) their general responsibilities (2) initial contact with pregnant women (3) recommended examinations and vaccinations for pregnant women (4) pregnancy complications and signs of labor and (5) lifestyle considerations for pregnant women.
This paper presents the results of a non-masked cluster randomized trail conducted in three districts in rural Tanzania. The study looked at the impact of deploying paid community health workers (CHWs) to provide door-to-door services on child survival. The services provided included preventive, promotional and curative antenatal, newborn child and reproductive health care.
Globally, home visits by community health workers (CHWs) during pregnancy and soon after delivery are recommended to contribute to newborn survival. With the ever-expanding roles of CHWs can health systems ensure sufficient home visit coverage? This study looks at the results of a population-based survey conducted in the Ntcheu district of Malawi. It focuses primarily on understanding the feasibility and coverage of home visits post the implantation of the Malawi Ministry of Health’s Community-Based Maternal and Newborn Care (CBMNC) package.