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CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator

This website is a database of community health interventions designed for people who lead or participate in CHI work within hospitals and health systems, public health agencies, and other community organizations. It includes infographics for improving community health, as well as guidelines for establishing and maintaining effective collaborations, finding interventions that work for the greatest impact, and more! 

Enhancing the coordination of Community Based Volunteers to promote integrated community development, health and social welfare services in Zambia

This report is the result of a study conducted within the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health (MCDMCH), and carried out in conjunction with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas). The research focuses on the community structures that aim to provide service delivery in the communities. These include the Departments of Community Development (CD), and Mother and Child Health (MCH), and Social Welfare (SW) at district level and the Community Based Volunteers (CBVs) working for these departments.

Community Based Volunteers in Zambia: Research findings on gender disparities, incentives, and management of CBV programs

This presentation summarizes recommendations from a series of projects on Community Based Volunteers in Zambia, by the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child, along with UKAID and Volunteer Services Overseas. Research touches on topics of gender disparities of CBVs in urban and rural districts, CBV training, incentives, drop outs, and motivation, collaboration of CBV programs, and management of CBVs. 

Monitoring and Evaluating the Transition of Large-Scale Programs in Global Health

Monitoring and evaluating large-scale global health program transitions can strengthen accountability, facilitate stakeholder engagement, and promote learning about the transition process and how best to manage it. This paper proposes a conceptual framework for 4 main domains relevant to transitions— leadership, financing, programming, and service delivery—along with guiding questions and illustrative indicators to guide users through key aspects of monitoring and evaluating transition.

Payday, ponchos, and promotions: a qualitative analysis of perspectives from non-governmental organization programme managers on community health worker motivation and incentives

Community health workers (CHWs) have been central to broadening the access and coverage of preventative and curative health services worldwide. Much has been debated about how to best remunerate and incentivize this workforce, varying from volunteers to full time workers. Policy bodies, including the WHO and USAID, now advocate for regular stipends.

A qualitative study of perceptions of a mass test and treat campaign in Southern Zambia and potential barriers to effectiveness

A mass test and treat campaign (MTAT) using rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and artemether-lumefantrine (AL) was conducted in Southern Zambia in 2012 and 2013 to reduce the parasite reservoir and progress towards malaria elimination. Through this intervention, community health workers (CHWs) tested all household members with rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and provided treatment to those that tested positive.

Community Health Worker Programming: Quality Standards for Design and Implementation of CHW Programme Models

World Vision is currently engaged in a wide range of community health activities worldwide, many of which draw on the efforts of community health workers or CHWs. CHWs are community-based members who have been trained to deliver basic health services but who do not hold a professional health qualification.

Exploring competing experiences and expectations of the revitalized community health worker programme in Mozambique: an equity analysis

Mozambique launched its revitalized community health programme in 2010 in response to inequitable coverage and quality of health services. The programme is focused on health promotion and disease prevention, with 20% of community health workers’ (known in Mozambique as Agentes Polivalentes Elementares (APEs)) time spent on curative services and 80% on activities promoting health and preventing illness. We set out to conduct a health system and equity analysis, exploring experiences and expectations of APEs, community members and healthcare workers supervising APEs.


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