To support quality CHW program design and implementation, USAID, UNICEF, the Community Health Impact Coalition, and Initiatives Inc. have updated and adapted the Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM) Program Functionality Matrix tool. This tool can be applied at district, regional, and national levels to identify and close gaps in design and implementation and, ultimately, enhance program performance.
The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog is a one-stop ‘shop’ for information on community health policies and programs across 25 countries, including extensive information on CHWs. Developed in 2014 and updated in 2017, it provides policymakers, program managers, researchers and donors with policy data to advance community health research, programming, and advocacy efforts. The CHS Catalog includes 25 country profiles, a set of infographics, and a summary of cross-country policy and program trends.
Through the perceptions of primary health care stakeholders in Surabaya, Indonesia, this qualitative study identifies the characteristics and competencies required of CHWs to identify and refer women with perinatal depression.
Healthy Fit is an intervention that uses CHWs to extend the public health infrastructure to reduce Hispanic health disparities in the US. This study evaluates the effectiveness of Healthy Fit in identifying the health needs of Hispanic Americans living on the US-Mexico border, and in helping participants access health services through CHW recommendations/referrals.
Integrated community case management (iCCM) trains village health workers (VHWs) to provide treatment to the most common childhood diseases in Uganda, including malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea. One of iCCM’s key features is a referral system for treatment at health facilities, but these referrals are difficult to monitor. A study was conducted to evaluate the referral system by reviewing quantitative data sources, revealing that a need for improvement.
Integrated community case management (iCCM) relies on community health workers (CHWs) managing children with malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea, and referring children when management is not possible. This study sought to establish the cost per sick child referred to seek care from a higher-level health facility by a CHW and to estimate caregivers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for a referral.
Mobile health (m-health) utilizes widespread access to mobile phone technologies to expand health services. Community health workers (CHWs) provide first-level contact with health facilities; combining CHW efforts with m-health may be an avenue for improving primary care services. As part of a primary care improvement project, a pilot CHW program was developed using a mobile phone-based application for outreach, referral, and follow-up between the clinic and community in rural Zambia.
According to two studies presented at the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health held in Cape Town last December, community care worker active case findings is an effective tool for increasing TB case detection in hard-to-reach populations. Early detection and treatment of people with active TB is crucial to decrease TB transmission, and community care workers have been shown to play an important role in case finding among vulnerable populations.