This multi-site case study used interviews and focus groups of community health workers and facilitators to examine conversations on WhatsApp. WhatsApp was viewed positively by community health workers and acted as a useful tool in rural health work, despite the challenge of separating social use from instrumental use.
This paper describes the house party model. The house party model is a community-based workshop approach to health education facilitated by community health workers. Participants rated the experience highly and the ability to recognized causes or signs of preterm labor increased after participation.
This paper discusses the implementation of a mobile-based community health management information system for community health workers (CHWs) and their supervisors in Zambia. CHWs provided weekly updates to supervisors and received feedback through the mobile application.
This paper examines the impact of an intervention to improve maternal and newborn health in Nairobi, Kenya, through an mHealth application called mobile Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
CORE Group has developed a module about cholera to address gaps in preparedness and response in at risk countries and communities. The complete guide features four different lesson plans, and is complemented by flip charts that are intended to be used by community health workers. These lessons aim to reach mothers and caregivers of children under the age of 5 because this age group has increased risk of death from cholera. These modules include actions that can be taken before, during, and after a cholera outbreak. Both documents can be downloaded below.
In Ethiopia some CHWs are now receiving smartphones that aid them in providing care for patients as well as strengthening new skills they can use in their job. This technology is powered by a solar lantern that allows CHWs to use training modules at home that can be downloaded and used without connection. In addition, the lantern provides a source of light to study CHW textbooks at night. These resources have increased exam scores of CHWs and helped them feel better prepared to help those in their community.
Amref Health Africa in Kenya has developed a replicable Community Health Units (CHUs) Functionality Scorecard for measuring and managing the functionality of CHUs. The scorecard was designed and piloted at 114 CHUs in Rift Valley province in Kenya. The scorecard categorized CHUs as Functional, Semi-functional, or Non-Functional. Before and after data was used to assess the functionality. From January 2012 to September 2013, the proportion of functional CHU increased from 3.5% to 82.9%, Semi-Functional reduced from 39% to 13% while Non-Functional reduced from 58% to 4%.
This handbook provides information and tools to address violence against women. Included in the resource is a definition of different types of violence, signs and symptoms to be aware of, consequences of violence against women, the role of a CHW in addressing violence against women, and situations for discussion. While the handbook was made for accredited social health activists (ASHAs), it is a useful resource for any type of CHW.