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

Ethiopian community health workers’ beliefs and attitudes towards children with autism: Impact of a brief training intervention

Access to care for rural children living with autism is impeded by stigma and the confinement of autism care services to the capital city, Addis Ababa.  Community health workers can help mitigate these challenges. This article presents the findings of an assessment of the impact of a brief training on CHW beliefs and attitudes towards children with autism.

Tobacco cessation in Vietnam: Exploring the role of village health workers

Presenting the results of a survey of 449 Village Health Workers (VHWs) from 26 communes in the Thai Nguyen province of Vietnam, this study explores current tobacco use treatment (TUT) practice patterns, attitudes and beliefs among VHWs about delivering smoking cessation interventions and perceived barriers to doing so.

Does supportive supervision enhance community health worker motivation? A mixed-methods study in four African countries.

This paper presents a mixed methods implementation study that assessed the effect of the supervision on CHW’s perceptions of supervision and motivation-related outcomes.

How Community Health Workers Can Affect Health Care

This paper seeks to answer the question: How do community health workers affect health care?

“They do not see us as one of them”: a qualitative exploration of mentor mothers’ working relationships with healthcare workers in rural North-Central Nigeria

Mentor mothers (MMs) are HIV positive women who provide support to other women living with HIV, particularly in the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). This qualitative study explores the experiences, working conditions, and relationships between MMs and health workers in Nigeria.

Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO): a new model for community health worker training and support

This article describes a distance learning approach for CHWs using the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model™, which is a video-conferencing-based mentorship model. The authors describe the ECHO model for CHW training and mentoring using case examples and pre/post-surveys from an obesity prevention and addiction recovery program. They conclude that the ECHO model has advantages over traditional training methods for CHWs and can be adapted to other countries. 

Factors enabling community health workers and volunteers to overcome sociocultural barriers to behaviour change: meta-synthesis using the concept of social capital

A meta-synthesis of the existing literature, this article examines 33 publications to identify the factors that enable community health workers to bring about behavior change. It explicitly recognizes the difference between full-time trained and salaried community health workers and part-time community volunteers and proposes an approach to better coordinating the community health workforce to serve health, behavior change and empowerment needs. 

Effectiveness of SMS Technology on Timely Community Health Worker Follow-Up for Childhood Malnutrition: A Retrospective Cohort Study in sub-Saharan Africa

This retrospective cohort study examines whether the use of SMS-based data entry by CHWs is more effective than paper forms in the timely CHW follow-up visits for malnutrition screening in children under-5 in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prevalence, incidence and predictors of volunteer community health worker attrition in Kwale County, Kenya

Retaining CHWs is essential in the sustainability of CHW programs; yet, there is little literature on reasons for their attrition that might help CHW retention. This study measured CHW attrition and its predictors in a rural area in Kenya.

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