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

Cost-effectiveness of the treatment of uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition by community health workers compared to treatment provided at an outpatient facility in rural Mali

This study examines the feasibility of incorporating treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) into an existing community care framework operated by community health workers (CHWs). The study shows that delivering treatment of SAM through CHWs is cost-effective, assuming good coverage.

Reaching The Remote - The Tool That Might Have Saved My Namesake

This article draws on the importance of CHWs in post conflict countries.  Sidibe details personal experience in East Timor where he worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer, but emphasizes his new work in Liberia and the health improvements that have been made as a result of CHWs.  Liberia and surrounding nations post Ebola were left with a lack of health resources posing a challenge to its people.  With the support of the international community these countries are now establishing CHWs to help with preventative care in communities across the country.

Year in Review 2016—World Vision International Health and Nutrition

In this "2016 Year in Review", World Vision shares notable observations on persistent challenges to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), alongside key examples and innovations demonstrating how they are tackling them. 

Strengthening Human Resources for Nutrition

SPRING works to strengthen human resources for nutrition with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of formally-trained professional and frontline workers in nutrition, as prioritized by USAID’s Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy 2014-15. This collection of resources includes the latest news, activities, publications, media, and events on strengthening human resources for nutrition. 

Community Health Worker Nutrition Advocacy Tool

SPRING, in collaboration with USAID, has created a new CHW Nutrition Advocacy Tool, which consists of a series of PowerPoint slides with important data regarding key nutrition responsibilities for CHWs. Information in these slides identify current gaps in nutrition service delivery and advocates for increased commitment to nutrition in community health programs. Stakeholders can use these materials to identify which nutrition-related services CHWs can provide, prioritizes CHW responsibilities, and builds a stronger foundation of policies, tools, and systems for CHWs to conduct their work.

iCCM Project Model Orientation Series: Global Health and WASH

As a part of World Vision's Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) Project Model Orientation Series, this webinar shares iCCM-focused strategies to effectively address health challenges experienced by mothers, children, and populations impacted by HIV and AIDS, and address WASH issues.  

The webinar includes information about iCCM, World Vision's approach using an iCCM strategy, preparatory and operational tools, the global status of iCCM in World Vision, and a financing model for iCCM.  

Timed and Targeted Counselling for Health and Nutrition, 2nd Edition: A Comprehensive Training Course for Community Health Workers

World Vision's Timed and Targeted Counselling for Health and Nutrition (ttC) is a comprehensive training course for CHWs, Care Groups and volunteers working in maternal and child health. ttC takes a life-cycle approach, supporting through pregnancy to two years of age, which offers the best opportunity to put children on a path to life-long health.

Better Health Through Equity

Healthy People 2020, the nation’s health objectives for the current decade, defines health equity as the “attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities.” Such goals aren’t unfamiliar to public health practitioners.

Indian Health Service: Improving Patient Care Resource Guide

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is responsible for the provision of healthcare to enrolled members of federally recognized Tribes either directly or through partnership with Tribal and Urban programs. It is a shared goal of all partners in the Indian health system to ensure universal access to high quality health care for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people.

The IHS has four priorities aimed at system transformation; these priorities were established to meet current and future challenges of providing quality health care services for AI/ANs:

The impact of lay health advisors on cardiovascular health promotion: using a community-based participatory approach.

Overweight and obesity, lack of exercise, and exposure to tobacco smoke are clearly identified behavioral risk factors for cardiovascular disease. These problems disproportionately affect some communities. To address these problems within one community of underserved Latinos, participatory research methods were used to design an outreach program. Latina lay health advisors (LHAs) from the community were recruited and trained to teach 3 classes on healthy nutrition, physical activity, and maintaining smoke-free environments.

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