Video Spotlight

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

Community health extension program of Ethiopia, 2003–2018: successes and challenges toward universal coverage for primary healthcare services

Since 2003, Ethiopia has been implementing a community health extension program (HEP). This systematic review assesses the improvements that the program has brought about particularly in terms of maternal and childcare, hygiene and sanitation, knowledge and healthcare seeking. It also looks at the weaknesses of this dynamic program with respect to productivity, efficiency, capacity and living conditions of health extension workers (HEWs).

The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog

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.

Incidence and risk factors of neonatal infections in a rural Bangladeshi population: a community-based prospective study

This study investigate the impact of two umbilical cord cleansing regimens on neonatal morality and morbidity in a rural region in the Sylhet District of Bangladesh. The study used  data from a previously performed community-based cluster-randomized trail. Community health workers checked the newborns for the first nine days of life for infections. The authors found that identifying and following up with high-risk mothers and newborns along with clean cord care can decrease the rate of neonatal infections and deaths. 

Acting on the Call June 2016 Report

USAID's 2016 Acting on the Call Report provides updates from the program that aims to end preventable maternal and child deaths in 25 priority countries, which together accounted for more than two-thirds of child and maternal deaths worldwide.

Expanding World Vision's Impact Through Community Health Workers

Community health worker (CHW) programming is one of the largest portfolios in World Vision’s health; nutrition; and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, with 48 countries operating a wide diversity of CHW initiatives. We continue to work and build partnerships towards strengthening community health systems and the community health workforce, a commitment we made to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Health Workforce Alliance in Recife in 2013.

USAID Community Health Framework: Distilling decades of Agency experience to drive 2030 Global Goals

The community health framework is intended to support Ministries of Health in developing and strengthening programs for improved community health outcomes. The intention is for USAID missions and other advisors to use the framework to structure a dialogue, develop recommendations, and foster continuous learning with Ministries of Health. This presentation is a fantastic resource for understanding and supporting community health programs and networks. 

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.  

Ethiopia’s Health Extension Program: Improving Health through Community Involvement

The Health Extension Program is one of the most innovative community-based health programs in Ethiopia. It is based on the assumption that access to and quality of primary health care in rural communities can be improved through transfer of health knowledge and skills to households. Since it became operational in 2004–2005, the Program has had a tangible effect on the thinking and practices of rural people regarding disease prevention, family health, hygiene and environmental sanitation. It has enabled Ethiopia to increase primary health care coverage from 76.9% in 2005 to 90% in 2010.

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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