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Policy review on the management of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia by community health workers in Mozambique

Pre-eclampsia is one of the major contributors to maternal deaths in the Mozambique. This study looks to identify and review health policies associated with CHW management of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia.

Community health extension program of Ethiopia, 2003–2018: successes and challenges toward universal coverage for primary healthcare services

Since 2003, Ethiopia has been implementing a community health extension program (HEP). This systematic review assesses the improvements that the program has brought about particularly in terms of maternal and childcare, hygiene and sanitation, knowledge and healthcare seeking. It also looks at the weaknesses of this dynamic program with respect to productivity, efficiency, capacity and living conditions of health extension workers (HEWs).

Community health workers to improve uptake of maternal healthcare services: A cluster-randomized pragmatic trial in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

In addition to quality of care of maternal health services, increased uptake of antenatal care (ANC) and facility- based delivery are key contributors to improved maternal and neonatal health in resource limited settings. This cluster randomized trial attempted to assess the impact of a community health worker (CHW) intervention on the proportion of women who visit ANC less than 4 times during pregnancy and deliver at home.

Rethinking integrated nutrition‐health strategies to address micronutrient deficiencies in children under five in Mozambique

 
This paper presents the results of a study using trained CHWs to compare in-person auditory brainstem response (ABR). The intervention linked CHWs to  a tele-medicine approach  in a community-based pediatric hearing screening program; it concludes that a tele-medicine approach is viable.

Performance of low‐literate community health workers treating severe acute malnutrition in South Sudan

This article presents the findings of a study assessing the use of low literate CHWs in treating uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition by following a simplified treatment protocol.

 

Community-based maternal, newborn, and child health surveillance: perceptions and attitudes of local stakeholders towards using mobile phone by village health volunteers in the Kenge Health Zone, Democratic Republic of Congo

This resource presents the results of a post-implementation survey of a 2016 community-based maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) surveillance activity using mobile phones in Kenge Health Zone (KHZ), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The study assessed the perceptions of households, attitudes of community health volunteers, and opinions of nurses and administrative authorities towards the use of mobile phones for MNCH surveillance. 

 

Maternal health training priorities for nursing and allied health workers in Colombia, Honduras and Nicaragua

Using a cross-sectional survey methodology, this study assessed the maternal health priorities for frontline primary health nurses in three South American countries and found that the identification of danger signs was a priority for CHWs.

 

Ethiopian community health workers’ beliefs and attitudes towards children with autism: Impact of a brief training intervention

Access to care for rural children living with autism is impeded by stigma and the confinement of autism care services to the capital city, Addis Ababa.  Community health workers can help mitigate these challenges. This article presents the findings of an assessment of the impact of a brief training on CHW beliefs and attitudes towards children with autism.

The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog

The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog is a one-stop ‘shop’ for information on community health policies and programs across 25 countries, including extensive information on CHWs. Developed in 2014 and updated in 2017, it provides policymakers, program managers, researchers and donors with policy data to advance community health research, programming, and advocacy efforts. The CHS Catalog includes 25 country profiles, a set of infographics, and a summary of cross-country policy and program trends.

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