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

Improving Access to Antenatal Care in Ngara, Tanzania Through Implementation of the Lady Health Worker Programme

Combatting maternal mortality is a major public health challenge in Tanzania. This problem persists due to lack of providers, poor quality of care and inaccessibility to care. This analysis looks at the effectiveness of implementing the Lady Health Worker Program (LHWP) across three healthcare facilities in the Ngara district of Tanzania. The analysis involves a comparison of outcomes before and after program implementation.

Impact of lay health worker programmes on the health outcomes of mother-child pairs of HIV exposed children in Africa: A scoping review

In countries with a heavy burden of HIV, the demand for healthcare services is often met with a dearth of health workers. This has led to a need for task shifting of lay health workers (LHWs) to improve healthcare delivery. This approach has been particularly successful in the case of maternal and childcare (MCH). This review examines the impact of LHWs in improving health outcomes in Women Living with HIV (WLH) and their HIV exposed infants (HEIs).

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.

 

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