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

Policy review on the management of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia by community health workers in Mozambique

Pre-eclampsia is one of the major contributors to maternal deaths in the Mozambique. This study looks to identify and review health policies associated with CHW management of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia.

Proximity to a community health worker is associated with utilization of malaria treatment services in the community among under-five children: a cross-sectional study in rural Uganda

Health facilities are difficult to access in rural parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. For malaria, poor access contributes to delayed treatment.  Community Health Workers provide a viable option for extending access to prompt malaria treatment. This study evaluated utilization of CHW service in relation distance from the CHW.  

Evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of the treatment of uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition by lady health workers as compared to an outpatient therapeutic feeding programme in Sindh Province, Pakistan.

There is limited evidence of the cost-effectiveness of community health workers (CHWs) with regards to delivering treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM). This two -arm randomized trial looked at the costs and cost-effectiveness of treatment of uncomplicated SAM cases carried out by lady health workers (LHWs).

Urban young women's preferences for intervention strategies to promote physical and mental health preconception: a Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI)

This study is a qualitative assessment of women’s preferences for preconception intervention strategies to promote physical and mental health in urban settings. The evaluation was carried out through focus group discussions in Soweto, South Africa.

SOSAS Study in Rural India: Using Accredited Social Health Activists as Enumerators

As per global estimates, nearly 5 billion people lack access to safe, quality and timely surgical care. This pilot study assessed the local burden of disease in a rural area of India through the Surgeons OverSeas Assesssment of Surgical Need (SOSAS) survey. The study also evaluated the feasibility of using Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) as enumerators. 

Driving the precision medicine highway: community health workers and patient navigators

Despite the availability of precision medicine – treatments tailored to patient’s particular needs based on their genetic make-up, environment and other factors – many minority or underserved populations do not have access to or cannot understand information related to precision medicine. This study proposes a coordinated expansion of community health worker and patient navigator roles to translate information to patients and expand access to precision medicine. 

Improving uptake and completion of pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD with lay health workers: feasibility of a clinical trial

There is reasonable evidence that pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is beneficial for alleviating the symptoms and disability brought about by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and can improve health status and quality of life. This cluster randomized control trial evaluates the efficacy of lay health workers (LHWs) to improve uptake and completion of PR in COPD treatment in the UK.

Integration of Traditional Birth Attendants into Mental Healthcare: A Multistakeholder Qualitative Study Exploration

A large number of common mental disorders often go undiagnosed at primary healthcare facilities. This study looks at the feasibility of integrating traditional birth attendants into maternal mental health care through an analysis of views from multiple key stakeholders in Kenya.

A Performance-Based Incentives System for Village Health Workers in Kisoro, Uganda

Village health worker programs in Uganda have met with limited success in the past partly due to a reliance on volunteerism and a lack of incentivization. Doctors for Global Health developed a performance-based incentive mechanism for village health workers (VHWs) in Uganda. The given paper looks at the feasibility and sustainability of the model.

Effect of a community health worker mHealth monitoring system on uptake of maternal and newborn health services in Rwanda

This study evaluates the impact of a mobile phone (mHealth) monitoring system- RapidSMS on improving access to proven maternal and newborn health interventions. Using an interrupted time series design, the study looks at the effect of the mHealth intervention on antenatal care, health facility delivery and vaccination.

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