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

Determinants of knowledge of critical danger signs, safe childbirth and immediate newborn care practices among auxiliary midwives: a cross sectional survey in Myanmar

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. 

A rapid review of the rate of attrition from the health workforce

This review covers studies published since 2005 that involve attrition rates of health workers. Understanding attrition from the health workforce is critical to workforce planning, especially since many places have shortages of health workers.

Book: Healthy Lives for Vulnerable Women and Children: Applying Health Systems Research

Tremendous challenges remain to ensure that the most vulnerable populations, including women, children, and adolescents, are able to enjoy the healthy lives and well-being promised in the Sustainable Development Goals. Much of their poor health is caused by poverty, gender, lack of education, and social marginalization as well as inaccessible healthcare services. Strong, equitable, and well-governed health systems can contribute to sustainably improving their lives.

Safety and Acceptability of Community-Based Distribution of Injectable Contraceptives: A Pilot Project in Mozambique

Mozambique has witnessed a climbing total fertility rate in the last 20 years. Nearly one-third of married women have an unmet need for family planning, but the supply of family planning services is not meeting the demand.

Supporting the Scale-Up of HIV Care and Treatment through Human Resources for Health Interventions in Côte d'Ivoire

Although Côte d’Ivoire has seen an overall downward trend in HIV prevalence rates over the past decade thanks to more robust and effective HIV/AIDS prevention programming, over 50 percent of adults and children who are HIV-positive have yet to receive antiretroviral therapy, according to UNAIDS estimates. Inadequate numbers of health workers, as well as their uneven distribution throughout the country, are significant barriers to the scale-up of HIV treatment.

Assessment of the quality of antenatal care services provided by health workers using a mobile phone decision support application in northern Nigeria: A pre/post-intervention study

Nigeria’s maternal mortality ratio is the tenth highest in the world, with an estimated 630 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, and 40,000 maternal deaths annually. There is now a critical need to support Nigeria’s efforts to make significant progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goal 5 target of reducing maternal mortality by 2015 through the government’s recently launched Saving One Million Lives (SOML) initiative. With a dearth of skilled personnel at the primary health care level, Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) have increasingly filled the gap at primary heal

How To Inspire Courage, Spur Action And Save Lives

April and early May are bookended by World Health Worker Week (April 7-11) and International Day of the Midwife (May 5) -- two opportunities to recognize the invaluable contributions of health workers in saving and bettering the lives of our communities. The women and men who have been on my mind are the innumerable hard-working, selfless, often heroic frontline health workers I've worked alongside while training nurses and midwives in the last 15 years.

Improved Data on Community Health Workers Critical to Achieving Global Health Goals

Cape Town, South Africa, September 29, 2014 – A new report finds that developing nations’ ability to deal with pressing health challenges like HIV/AIDS and ensuring maternal and newborn survival will be strengthened by creating a common definition for community health workers, as well as a core set of skills and competencies that would help ensure they are optimally trained, supported and deployed to provide care and treatment when and where it is needed most.

Community Health Worker (CHW) Toolkit

CDC has compiled evidence-based research that supports the effectiveness of CHWs in the Community Health Worker Toolkit. The toolkit also includes information that state health departments can use to train and further build capacity for CHWs in their communities, as well as helpful resources that CHWs can use within their communities.

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