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

SONRISA: A Curriculum Toolbox for Promoters/Community Health Workers to Address Mental/Emotional Health Associated with Diabetes

This curriculum was created by the Southwest Center for Community Health Promotion at the University of Arizona. The tool was designed for promoters/CHWs to use in their work with clients to prevent and manage diabetes and the mental/emotional health complications associated with diabetes.  The tool is available in both English and Spanish.

Improving Outcomes with Community Health Workers

Partner in Health's Program Management Guide discusses strategies to help organizations implement a CHW program to improve access as well as the quality of care that is provided in resource-limited areas. A CHW program can significantly improve health outcomes, particularly for the poorest members of the community. In PIH's accompaniment model of care, patients build a trusting relationship with one CHW who will remain with them until healthy.

Improving Programs through Training

The Program Management Guide is a "how-to" guide created by Partners in Health. This unit outlines how PIH provides training for three broad groups who serve and are served by our healthcare programs: 1) community health workers, 2) clinicians, and 3) patients and the community . Specific guidelines—relevant to all three of these groups—are offered for developing healthcare-focused training programs in a resource-poor setting.

Manual for the Community Health Worker - Caring for the Sick Child in the Community

This manual introduces the importance of the community health worker's role in the communities they serve. It also includes course materials for CHWs on the following topics: how to identify signs of illness in a sick child, age 2 months up to 5 years; when to refer children to health facilities for more care; and how families can treat children at home with problems of diarrhea, malaria or fast breathing. The manual provides many exercises in order to facilitate CHW practice.

Community-Driven Tools for Data Collection and Decision Making: The PISA Action Guide

The PARTICIPATORY INFORMATION SYSTEMS APPRAISAL (PISA) Action Guide systematically introduces and explains the concepts and strategies needed to make well informed, data-based decisions while empowering key stakeholders in the process. The action guide outlines team preparation activities, data collection methods, data analysis and action planning, and team learning & follow up activities. Local facilitators and key project stakeholders are actively involved in data instrument design, collection, reporting and analysis.

How to Mobilize Communities for Health and Social Change

This field guide is designed for health program directors and managers of community-based programs who are considering using community mobilization to improve health at the individual, family, and community level. The field guide contains illustrative examples and lessons learned in community mobilization experiences from around the world, focusing on working with disadvantaged or marginalized groups in developing countries.

AIDS Councils as Catalysts for Unlocking Citizen Power

This manual, published by Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA), aims to provide information for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to develop and mobilize civil society¹s engagement with AIDS councils and build effective governance of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The manual also stresses the importance of taking local context into consideration when the workshops are given. The authors aim is for this manual to not only be used by civil society but also by the AIDS councils themselves.

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