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

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.

Taking stock of 10 years of published research on the ASHA programme: examining India’s national community health worker programme from a health systems perspective

This systematic review analyses the research undertaken with respect to India’s accredited social health activist (ASHA) scheme as the programme enters its second decade. The review focused on whether the programme has suitable health systems interfaces to ensure sustainability and areas to focus upon as the programme evolves.

Can community health workers increase modern contraceptive use among young married women? A cross-sectional study in rural Niger

The Republic of Niger reports the highest rates of early marriage and adolescent fertility in the world. This study assesses cross-sectional data from household surveys to determine if the deployment of volunteer community health workers in rural settings has improved family planning services in adolescents and youth.

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).

Community health workers to improve uptake of maternal healthcare services: A cluster-randomized pragmatic trial in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

In addition to quality of care of maternal health services, increased uptake of antenatal care (ANC) and facility- based delivery are key contributors to improved maternal and neonatal health in resource limited settings. This cluster randomized trial attempted to assess the impact of a community health worker (CHW) intervention on the proportion of women who visit ANC less than 4 times during pregnancy and deliver at home.

HRH dimensions of community health workers: a case study of rural Afghanistan

A descriptive analysis presenting an overview of the role and scope of CHWs in Afghanistan. The article details the gaps that need to be addressed to improve CHW functionality.

Skin Cancer: Photoprotection Strategies and Solar Photoexposition in Community Health Agents

In this literature review, the authors attempt to establish a set of strategies to reduce skin cancer risk by decreasing sun exposure in community health workers who spend long hours outside traveling to patients. 

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.

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