During the last decade child mortality has reduced significantly in a number of African countries, largely due to the scale up of appropriate management of diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria, three leading causes of death among young children. As a way of increasing access to treatment for sick children, several African countries are investing in community health workers (CHWs) to deliver integrated community case management (ICCM).
World Vision's Timed and Targeted Counselling for Health and Nutrition (ttC) is a comprehensive training course for CHWs, Care Groups and volunteers working in maternal and child health. ttC takes a life-cycle approach, supporting through pregnancy to two years of age, which offers the best opportunity to put children on a path to life-long health.
Welcome to Developing and Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs at Scale: A Reference Guide and Case Studies for Program Managers and Policymakers (the CHW Reference Guide). This guide is a long and detailed volume that is not intended to be read from cover to cover but rather to be used as a document that can be referred to as specific issues or questions arise. In this sense, you will find some repetition. We have also tried to refer the reader to other chapters where appropriate because many topics and issues are covered in various ways in different chapters.
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is responsible for the provision of healthcare to enrolled members of federally recognized Tribes either directly or through partnership with Tribal and Urban programs. It is a shared goal of all partners in the Indian health system to ensure universal access to high quality health care for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people.
The IHS has four priorities aimed at system transformation; these priorities were established to meet current and future challenges of providing quality health care services for AI/ANs:
This series of 18 training modules can be used in a five- or six-day workshop to deliver technical content on case management and prevention of common health problems through a community-directed delivery mechanism. These modules build on field experience in delivering malaria services through community effort as well as on the 16+ years of effort by the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control and the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases of the World Health Organization and its partners.
A key element of USAID’s strategic approach to maternal and child health (MCH) is to increase the number of functional community health workers serving in USAID priority countries by at least 100,000 by 2013. At the request of the USAID MCH team, the Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) developed a tool that defines a set of key elements needed for community health worker programs to function effectively and that evaluate programs on specific criteria, which were defined by recent literature reviews on CHW programs (see link below) and by suggestions from experts.
The North Carolina Breast Cancer Screening Program (NC-BCSP) is devoted to reducing the difference between black and white women’s breast and cervical cancer screening rates and ultimately closing the breast and cervical cancer racial gap that still exists. Our project uses a lay health advisor network to increase cancer screening among older black women in rural communities of eastern North Carolina.
Many maternal and child health programs want to add family planning (counseling, referrals or even services) into their programs. Many health program and government staff would like to get the skills needed for this process—but time and resources are not available for a week(s) long training.This curriculum can share these useful skills without requiring a lot of time or resources. A local staff person or team can use this guide to run a 2.5 day training course that teaches the basics of “designing for behavior change” for community health workers.