This cross-sectional study found that many of the auxiliary midwives were unable to recognize the majority of critical danger signs for childbirth. The paper also found a low level of knowledge about safe childbirth and immediate newborn care practices.
This paper examines the impact of an intervention to improve maternal and newborn health in Nairobi, Kenya, through an mHealth application called mobile Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
This paper investigates the impact of community-based newborn care package in Nepal. The research found that significant improvements in newborn care practices had not yet occurred, though the study represents an early assessment. The study's findings were taken into account upon revision of the package.
This article researched female community health workers performance in India through interviews. While their work resulted in positive community health changes, community norms and health system practices limited their effectiveness.
This paper used a cluster randomized controlled trial in South Africa to determine the effectiveness of improved training and continuous quality improvement based mentoring. The authors found that these methods improved the CHW-mother interactions.
This paper looks at the potential to shift prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV tasks from nurses to community health workers (CHWs). This study measures the time nurses dedicate to these activities in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in order to estimate the potential cost savings of having CHWs take up these tasks. The paper found that task-shifting could allow nurses to focus on more specialized tasks, while reducing the average cost per patient.
This review incorporated publications on CHWs that were published from 2005 to 2014. Specifically, the paper investigates the development, placement, and orientations of programs in low- and middle-income countries. Most programs were disease or program specific, rather than using an integrated approach.
This is chapter 8 of Engaging Communities for Improving Mothers’ and Children’s Health: Reviewing the Evidence of Effectiveness in Resource-Constrained Settings. This chapter summarizes the previous chapters and offers expert recommendations.