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Tools to Introduce Community Case Management (CCM) of Serious Childhood Infection

This comprehensive toolkit from Save the Children presents more than 20 integrated tools that can be used to implement integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) strategies to deliver life-saving treatments for common serious childhood infections: pneumonia, newborn sepsis, malaria and diarrhea. The tools offer proven frameworks for training, equipping and supervising CHWs and planning and monitoring their work. The tools are each presented in a one-page format, followed by one or more examples. Additional examples are available on an accompanying CD.

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.

Knowledge and communication needs assessment of community health workers in a developing country: a qualitative study

This study documents the perceptions of CHWs on their knowledge and communication needs, image building through mass media and mechanisms for continued education. Focus group discussions were held with health workers and their supervisors in all four provinces in Pakistan. About four fifths of the respondents described their communication skills as moderately sufficient and wanted improvement. Knowledge on emerging health issues was insufficient and the respondents showed willingness to participate in their continued education.

Community Health Workers: Policy and Systems-Level Approach

This document provides guidance and resources for implementing policy recommendations to integrate CHWs into community-based efforts to prevent chronic disease. After providing general information on CHWs in the United States, it sets forth evidence demonstrating the value and impact of CHWs in preventing and managing a variety of chronic diseases, including heart disease and stroke, diabetes, and cancer.

Community Health Workers Toolkit

This toolkit, designed by the Rural Assistance Center (RAC), provides help in developing CHW programs and resources and  best practices developed by successful CHW program. It is made up of 8 modules, each focusing on different aspects of CHW program, including: introduction to CHW, program models, training approaches, program implementation, planning for sustainability, measuring program impacts, disseminating best practices and a program clearinghouse.

Steps Forward/Pasos Adelantes Curriculum

The Arizona Prevention Research Center's (University of Arizona) Steps Forward/Pasos Adelante Curriculum is a tool for CHWs, focusing on health food choices and preparations, chronic disease risk, community health and participant advocacy. It is available in both English and Spanish.

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Toolkit

This toolkit provides a variety of resources that form a platform for strengthening policy makers, program managers and service providers' capacity to promote access to maternal, newborn and child heath care. Developed by the Peace Corps,  the toolkit includes information on: pregnancy and birth preparedness; labor, post partum and newborn care; community mobilization; child survival; and monitoring and evaluation.

Social and Behavior Change Toolkit

This toolkit provides a variety of resources that form a platform for strengthening volunteers' or CHWs' capacity  to achieve social and behavior change. Developed by the Peace Corps, the toolkit includes information and resources on behavior change communications and  community mobilization.

Pre-Service Education Toolkit

This pre-service education toolkit outlines key programmatic steps, highlights lessons learned, and identifies key resources to assist in developing quality and relevant pre-service education interventions. The toolkit, originally developed by Jhpiego under the leadership of MCHIP, has been shaped significantly by the technical advisory group at MCHIP. Although targeted for midwives, this toolkit may be used for other cadres as well, such as CHWs.

Improving Outcomes with Community Health Workers

Partner in Health's Program Management Guide discusses strategies to help organizations implement a CHW program to improve access as well as the quality of care that is provided in resource-limited areas. A CHW program can significantly improve health outcomes, particularly for the poorest members of the community. In PIH's accompaniment model of care, patients build a trusting relationship with one CHW who will remain with them until healthy.

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