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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. 

Perspectives and experiences of community health workers in Brazilian primary care centers using m-health tools in home visits with community members

This research paper examines CHWs' experiences with m-health tools through interviewing CHWs in primary care centers in Brazil. While m-health tools can be particularly helpful in low- and middle-income countries, CHW input should be sought during the design phase of the tool.

Improving the performance of community health workers in Swaziland: findings from a qualitative study

Despite Swaziland's large CHW program, the performance of CHWs in Swaziland has not been studied. This qualitative study hopes to contribute to future program design and improvements to current programs.

Performance of community health workers: situating their intermediary position within complex adaptive health systems

This review provides a conceptual framework on CHW performance in low- and middle-income counties. The paper outlines several key factors that should be focused on to improve CHW performance.

Practitioner Expertise to Optimise Community Health Systems: Harnessing Operational Insight

This newly released report, titled ‘Practitioner Expertise to Optimise Community Health Systems: Harnessing Operational Insight’ examines how CHWs can successfully be integrated into national health systems, subsequently contributing towards efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage.

Innovation in health service delivery: integrating community health assistants into the health system at district level in Zambia

This paper explores the factors that shaped the acceptability and adoption of community health assistants (CHAs) into the health system at the district level in Zambia. Using thematic analysis, data was collected through a review of documents, 6 focus group discussions with community leaders, and 12 key informant interviews with CHA trainers, supervisors and members of the District Health Management Team. Results found a perceived relative advantage of CHAs over existing community-based health workers in terms of their quality of training and scope of responsibilities.

The Influence of Community Health Resources on Effectiveness and Sustainability of Community and Lay Health Worker Programs in Lower-Income Countries: A Systematic Review

This review explores the current evidence available to assess if increased levels of integration of community health resources in CHW programs leads to higher program effectiveness and sustainability. 32 articles were chosen for an extensive review, complemented by analysis of the results of 15 other review studies. Analysis found no quantitative data and minimal inclusion of even basic community level indicators.

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