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

It's all about the children: a participant-driven photo-elicitation study of Mexican-origin mothers' food choices

There is a desperate need to address diet-related chronic diseases in Mexican-origin women, particularly for those in border region colonias (Mexican settlements) and other new destination communities in rural and non-rural areas of the U.S. Understanding the food choices of mothers, who lead food and health activities in their families, provides one way to improve health outcomes in Mexican-origin women and their children.

Malnutrition Is Treatable: Access to Nutrition Services Makes the Impossible Possible for an OVC

This success story describes URC's work with the government of Uganda to overcome malnutrition with ready-to-use therapeutic food and a simple device for detecting malnutrition. USAID’s Food and Nutrition Interventions for Uganda (NuLife), managed by URC, is helping the government reach rural populations by providing training to community-based workers.

Integrating Nutrition Into HIV/AIDS Care and Support Programs

This HIV & Infant Feeding Question and Answer Guide is a reference tool to provide health workers with information concerning updated international guidelines related to HIV and infant feeding. Health workers can refer to the Guide to explain the issues related to HIV and infant feeding, provide information and support to help prevent HIV transmission from women to their children, and increase the safety of all infant feeding options.

Quality of care for severe acute malnutrition delivered by community health workers in southern Bangladesh

This study assessed the quality of care provided by community health workers (CHWs) in managing cases of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) according to a treatment algorithm. CHWs screened children at community level using a mid-upper arm circumference measurement, and treated cases without medical complications. Caretakers perceived CHWs' services as acceptable and valuable, with doorstep delivery of services promoting early presentation in this remote area of Bangladesh.

Community Health Workers: Integral Members of the Health Care Work Force

As the US health care system strives to function efficiently, encourage preventive and primary care, improve quality, and overcome nonfinancial barriers to care, the potential exists for community health workers to further these goals.

Barrier Analysis Facilitator's Guide: A Tool for Improving Behavior Change Communication in Child Survival and Community Development Programs

The Barrier Analysis tool is a rapid assessment tool used in community health and other community development project to better identify barriers to behavior change that (if adopted) would have a significant positive impact on the health, nutrition, or well-being of targeted groups (e.g., preschool children) in a project area. The tool also helps staff members to identify positive aspects of behaviors which can be used in health promotion efforts.

Nutrition Program Design Assistant

The Nutrition Program Design Assistant: A Tool for Program Planners helps program planning teams select appropriate community‐based nutrition approaches for specific target areas. The tool has two components: 1) a reference guide that provides guidance on analyzing the nutrition situation, identifying program approaches and selecting a combination of approaches that best suits the situation, resources and objectives and; 2) a workbook where the team records information, decisions and decision‐making rationale.

Improving Performance of Community-Level Health and Nutrition Functionaries: A Review of Evidence in India

This review of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) III which highlights lack of supervision, poor worker motivation, and related issues as critical challenges. It shows that programs often focus on training but other performance factors such as supportive supervision, clear performance expectations and motivation and recognition are often neglected. These factors may be constraints against improving health and nutrition programs in India.

Supervision of community peer counsellors for infant feeding in South Africa: an exploratory qualitative study

This paper reports on a qualitative study of the experiences of three CHW supervisors who were responsible for supporting infant feeding peer counselors in three diverse settings in South Africa. This study highlights the need to pay attention to the experiences of supervisors in order to better understand the components and complexities of supervision in the field. Such understanding can enhance future policy making, planning and implementation of peer CHW programs.

Community Health Worker Training Manual

This is the second (2005) edition of the Community Health Worker Training Manual of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health. The training manual provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of CHWs in meeting the health needs of the population, as well as key information and skills the CHWs require. Each chapter includes sections on: background, things to know, things to do and key points.


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