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Community Health Workers Evidence-Based Models Toolbox- HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy

This is a tool created by the U.S. Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) (a program of the Health Resources and Services Administration) to support the development of CHW programming in rural areas in the U.S.. It draws on and shares lessons learned from proven CHW program models. The toolkit has eight modules: Introduction to CHWs; CHW Program Models; Training Approaches for CHWs; Implementation of CHW Programs; Planning for Sustainability; Measuring and Evaluating the Impact of CHW Programs; Dissemination of CHW Resources and Promising Practices; and, a Rural CHW Program Clearinghouse.

Thirty years after Alma-Ata: a systematic review of the impact of community health workers delivering curative interventions against malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhoea on child mortality and morbidity in sub-Saharan Africa

The authors conducted a systematic review of studies conducted between 1987 and 2007 in sub-Saharan Africa on the impact of CHW programs on morbidity and mortality of children under six. Seven studies in which CHWs provided curative treatment were included in the review. The authors conclude that CHW programs have the potential to contribute to large gains in child survival. However, the available evidence is severely limited and therefore large-scale and rigorous studies are urgently needed.

Community Health Workers Toolkit

This toolkit, designed by the Rural Assistance Center (RAC), provides help in developing CHW programs and resources and  best practices developed by successful CHW program. It is made up of 8 modules, each focusing on different aspects of CHW program, including: introduction to CHW, program models, training approaches, program implementation, planning for sustainability, measuring program impacts, disseminating best practices and a program clearinghouse.

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Toolkit

This toolkit provides a variety of resources that form a platform for strengthening policy makers, program managers and service providers' capacity to promote access to maternal, newborn and child heath care. Developed by the Peace Corps,  the toolkit includes information on: pregnancy and birth preparedness; labor, post partum and newborn care; community mobilization; child survival; and monitoring and evaluation.

What Works for Children in South Asia-Community Health Workers

The main objective of this paper is to reexamine the implementation of national CHW programs and document the evidence based-knowledge or best practices in South Asia. The paper is primarily based on the internet search and a review of published literature on CHW national programs in South Asia. The topics highlighted in the paper are CHW roles, selection, training, incentives and motivation, monitoring, up scaling, and sustainability.

Community Leadership Development Program

The Community Leadership Development Programs is a training designed for rural leaders to help them understand the processes that contribute to better healthcare management and the steps to build effective teamwork. The program creates support and buy-in for health programs and infrastructure development through a series of workshops that focus on: visioning, health and education, leadership and planning, conflict resolution and forgiveness, and respect.

Community-Driven Tools for Data Collection and Decision Making: The PISA Action Guide

The PARTICIPATORY INFORMATION SYSTEMS APPRAISAL (PISA) Action Guide systematically introduces and explains the concepts and strategies needed to make well informed, data-based decisions while empowering key stakeholders in the process. The action guide outlines team preparation activities, data collection methods, data analysis and action planning, and team learning & follow up activities. Local facilitators and key project stakeholders are actively involved in data instrument design, collection, reporting and analysis.

How to Mobilize Communities for Health and Social Change

This field guide is designed for health program directors and managers of community-based programs who are considering using community mobilization to improve health at the individual, family, and community level. The field guide contains illustrative examples and lessons learned in community mobilization experiences from around the world, focusing on working with disadvantaged or marginalized groups in developing countries.

Community-directed Delivery of Doxycycline for the Treatment of Onchocerciasis in Areas of Co-endemicity with Ioiasis in Cameroon

This study was carried out in 5 health areas co-endemic for Onchocerca volvulus and Loa loa which had no prior experience of the Community Directed Treatment with Ivermectin (CDTI). The community-directed delivery process was introduced using a cascade mechanism from the central health system that passed through the regional health delegation, health district and the health areas. Community health implementers were trained to deliver doxycycline to people in the community and, under the supervision of the health system, to monitor and document drug intake and side effects.

Community-Based care in resource-limited settings: A framework for Action

This document provides a systematic framework for establishing and maintaining community home-based care (CHBC) in resource-limited settings for people living with HIV/AIDS and those with other chronic or disabling conditions.  This document provides a framework to guide governments, national and international donor agencies and community-based organizations in developing or expanding CHBC programmes.

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