Accredited Social Health Activities (ASHAs) are female community health workers who play a principal role in promotion of primary health care and use of sanitary services in India. Most prior studies on ASHAs have focused on qualitative aspects. This study presents a cost effectiveness analysis of ASHAs in facilitating measles vaccination among children under 5 years of age between the year 2012-2013.
Many global health initiatives rely heavily on unpaid and impoverished community health workers. Given the growing social science literature on volunteering in health programs in low- and middle-income countries, it is imperative to pay attention to the psychological and social well being of these volunteers. This study presents a quantitative and qualitative assessment of these factors from data obtained by a cross sectional survey of women who comprise Ethiopia’s state organized Women Development Army.
The effect of different care delivery approaches on health system satisfaction has not been monitored extensively. This article focuses on public satisfaction with regards to a community health worker (CHW) program targeted at maternal care among pregnant women or women who have recently delivered.
Community health workers (CHWs) have aided healthcare delivery world-wide in terms of preventive care and integrated community case management (iCCM). However, there is limited data regarding their role in malaria supply chain management. This study looks at how CHWs aid delivery of malaria iCCM kit commodities in Mozambique. The kit involves rapid diagnostic tests and artemether-lumefantrine (AL) treatments.
Combatting maternal mortality is a major public health challenge in Tanzania. This problem persists due to lack of providers, poor quality of care and inaccessibility to care. This analysis looks at the effectiveness of implementing the Lady Health Worker Program (LHWP) across three healthcare facilities in the Ngara district of Tanzania. The analysis involves a comparison of outcomes before and after program implementation.
Community health workers (CHWs) are being used increasingly world over as a strategy to improve access to healthcare, particularly in rural communities. However, interventions targeted as improving their skill set and bringing about health behavior change are essential. This article presents findings from systematic, in-depth interviews conducted with CHWs in South Africa to understand their insights on self-management (SM) training.
Community engagement is considered to be a valuable strategy to improving health systems. However, there is limited evidence regarding the effectiveness of this approach. This study focused on operations research of a community-based health information system (PCBHIS). The development and implementation of the PCBHIS was assessed in slum communities.
In countries with a heavy burden of HIV, the demand for healthcare services is often met with a dearth of health workers. This has led to a need for task shifting of lay health workers (LHWs) to improve healthcare delivery. This approach has been particularly successful in the case of maternal and childcare (MCH). This review examines the impact of LHWs in improving health outcomes in Women Living with HIV (WLH) and their HIV exposed infants (HEIs).
Community health workers (CHWs) play a key role in addressing social determinants of health especially among low-income, ethnic minority groups. This study comprises a secondary analysis of a randomized control trail which examined how CHWs support ambulatory healthcare among Hispanic and African American patients with uncontrolled type-2 diabetes.
This study assessed the feasibility and acceptability of two approaches of community health worker (CHW)-delivered mental health counselling for patients with chronic diseases. The ‘designated’ approach involved CHWs providing counselling in addition to their regular duties while the ‘dedicated’ approach involved the CHWs taking sole responsibility of delivering mental health counseling.