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A pilot study to evaluate home-based screening for the common non-communicable diseases by a dedicated cadre of community health workers in a rural setting in India

This article reports the findings of a pilot study of home-based screening of common non-communicable diseases by community health workers in rural India. The pilot included screening over 6000 rural Indian residents by CHWs over a six-month period. 

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.

Participants' perceptions of interactions with community health workers who promote behavior change: a qualitative characterization from participants with normal, depressive, and anxious mood states

This study attempts to characterize the relationship dynamics between Latino participants and CHWs from the participant's perspective to determine if CHW-delivered community interventions affect behavior change among participants who reported anxiety and depression.

ZIKA: a new system to empower health workers and local communities to improve surveillance protocols by E-learning and to forcast ZIka virus in real time in Brazil

This paper presents the “ZIKA system” a mobile surveillance, e-learning and forecasting system, that helps community health workers to learn techniques and good practices in the surveillance of the ZIKA virus. The system is one of the first to combine public health surveillance, citizen-driven participatory reporting and weather data-based prediction.

Community health workers and use of mHealth: improving identification of pregnancy complications and access to care in the Dominican republic •

This article presents the feasibility and acceptability of using mobile health technology by community health workers (CHWs) in San Juan Province, Dominican Republic, to improve identification of pregnancy complications and access to care for pregnant women.

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.

Can community health workers play a greater role in increasing access to medical abortion services? A qualitative study

This qualitative study explores the acceptability, perspectives and preferences of women and CHWs in Rajasthan, India, regarding the involvement of CHWs in medical abortion referrals.

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