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

Book: Healthy Lives for Vulnerable Women and Children: Applying Health Systems Research

Tremendous challenges remain to ensure that the most vulnerable populations, including women, children, and adolescents, are able to enjoy the healthy lives and well-being promised in the Sustainable Development Goals. Much of their poor health is caused by poverty, gender, lack of education, and social marginalization as well as inaccessible healthcare services. Strong, equitable, and well-governed health systems can contribute to sustainably improving their lives.

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.

Podcast: How can evidence optimize CHW programs?

 The www.CHWimpact.org harnesses the potential of CHWs to extend health services to poor and marginalized populations; there is an urgent need to better understand how CHW programs can be optimized.

Facing a suicide crisis in his country, this African psychiatrist enlisted grandmothers to step in

In Zimbabwe Dixon Chibanda, a psychiatrist, created a space called “Friendship Benches” that sets aside medical and technical elements of mental healthcare and engages the community through “grandmothers” or local lay health workers.  The grandmothers are trained in a form of cognitive behavioral therapy, but engage their patients in local language which helps reduce stigma associated with mental health in the community.  This program was created to address the overwhelming lack of mental healthcare workers in the country.  Thus far, the program has reached over 30,000 Zimbabweans.  Studies

A comprehensive description of three national community health worker programs and their contributions to maternal and child health and primary health care

This is an in-depth review of the effectiveness of CHW programs in Ethiopia, Brazil, and Nepal. The main objective of this report is to provide insight and examples of successful CHW programs for other countries that are looking to build and strengthen their own CHW programs, specifically in the maternal and child health field. 

Mobile Technology in Support of Frontline Health Workers

This report summarizes current data from over 140 FHW-supported mHealth projects from developing countries to describe the emergent trends and best practices in the use of mobile phones, tablets, and technical platforms by FHWs over the last decade, understand the key considerations in choosing the type pf phone and platform and associated programmatic costs, present the evidence on the effectiveness of mobile approaches, and establish
a framework for systematically deploying such tools.  

The cost-effectiveness of close-to-community health programmes: What do we know and where are the gaps?

Critical shortages in the health workforce in many developing countries - specifically the number, skills and geographic distribution of health workers - pose a significant challenge to the achievement of universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Increasing attention has therefore been focused on the potential of community health workers (CHWs) to expand access to essential health services, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

The Expansion of Community-Based Tuberculosis Programming: Critical Program Design Issues for New Partners

The CORE Group’s Tuberculosis Working Group met with global partners and colleague agencies in 2007 to discuss lessons learned in community-based TB treatment. This paper reflects the discussions from that meeting and the lessons that were articulated throughout the two-day long event. It specifically highlights nine project-design challenges at the community level for such TB treatment strategies, including those faced by CHWs and community-based projects. 

Community Change Agents: “Doctors” of Malaria Information

Presented at the International Social and Behavioral Change Communication Summit in Ethiopia in February 2016, Ainslie’s PowerPoint presentation goes into detail about the COMMIT Program, a behavior change communication project for malaria prevention, treatment, and control in Tanzania. Key to the project is the utilization of Community Change Agents who communicated the project’s goals with various communities throughout Tanzania. This project and platform successfully engaged communities in malaria treatment and prevention.  

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