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

Facilitating equitable community-level access to maternal health services: exploring the experiences of Rwanda’s community health workers

CHWs play an integral role in linking members of communities to maternal health services in formal health care systems. This study identifies specific strategies applied by CHWs in Rwanda to promote equitable maternal care in their communities. It highlights the need for future research on strategies to motivate community health workers. 

Salaried and voluntary community health workers: exploring how incentives and expectation gaps influence motivation

There has been a renewed attention for the need to strengthen CHWs performance, which partly depends on motivation. This paper analyzes the use of incentives and their influence on improving CHW motivation.

It Takes Community Health Workers to End Violence Against Children

Global interest in strengthening the health sector’s role in ending violence against children (VAC) has been increasing. While CHWs have been widely recognized for their contributions towards many types of community-based interventions, there is little global research on perceptions and practices of CHWs in preventing or reducing VAC. This study describes opportunities in developing strategies to end violence against children that draw on the role of CHWs.

Rethinking integrated nutrition‐health strategies to address micronutrient deficiencies in children under five in Mozambique

 
This paper presents the results of a study using trained CHWs to compare in-person auditory brainstem response (ABR). The intervention linked CHWs to  a tele-medicine approach  in a community-based pediatric hearing screening program; it concludes that a tele-medicine approach is viable.

Evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of the treatment of uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition by lady health workers as compared to an outpatient therapeutic feeding programme in Sindh Province, Pakistan

In this article, a cost effectiveness analysis is used to compare outpatient facility–based treatment of severe acute malnutrition with one delivered by community health workers in rural Pakistan. The study found that facility based treatment was only slightly more cost-effective than the alternative.

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