There is a growing movement among health care organizations to adopt the Community Health Worker (CHW) model into their system as a way to provide comprehensive care to patients and community members. At the same time there is uncertainty about how to implement the CHW model to achieve better patient outcomes, higher quality of care, and lower health care costs. With generous funding from the Lloyd A.
This HIV & Infant Feeding Question and Answer Guide is a reference tool to provide health workers with information concerning updated international guidelines related to HIV and infant feeding. Health workers can refer to the Guide to explain the issues related to HIV and infant feeding, provide information and support to help prevent HIV transmission from women to their children, and increase the safety of all infant feeding options.
This pre-tested and peer-reviewed curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for providing holistic CHBC for people living with HIV/AIDS, transferring knowledge and skills to caregivers and CHBC clients, and mobilizing communities around HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and support. The trainer’s guide includes comprehensive units that cover topics from HIV basics, communication skills, nursing care, nutrition, positive living, family planning, HIV prevention, and ART to community mobilization.
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.
Newborns die at alarming rates in the developing world, more than 3 million every year. Most can be saved with low-cost, low-tech interventions. Our newborn care series brings alive these lifesaving interventions in a memorable and engaging way to help health workers learn and save newborn lives.
The Barrier Analysis tool is a rapid assessment tool used in community health and other community development project to better identify barriers to behavior change that (if adopted) would have a significant positive impact on the health, nutrition, or well-being of targeted groups (e.g., preschool children) in a project area. The tool also helps staff members to identify positive aspects of behaviors which can be used in health promotion efforts.
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.
The Nutrition Program Design Assistant: A Tool for Program Planners helps program planning teams select appropriate community‐based nutrition approaches for specific target areas. The tool has two components: 1) a reference guide that provides guidance on analyzing the nutrition situation, identifying program approaches and selecting a combination of approaches that best suits the situation, resources and objectives and; 2) a workbook where the team records information, decisions and decision‐making rationale.
This document is designed to serve as a handbook, or primer, for NGO s and civil society organizations (CSOs) that are considering joining the fight against tuberculosis (TB). It provides information on TB and how it is prevented, diagnosed, and treated, how TB programs work on the ground, how communities and CSOs can get involved, and special populations that need extra attention. Step-by-step guidance on getting started in addressing TB , pitfalls to avoid, and a list of useful resources are included.
This document is part of a series that makes up the USAID/BASICS Newborn Health tool kit. The entire toolkit is comprised of a reference manual, technical presentations, facilitator’s guide, participant’s notebook, clinical logbook and tools for monitoring and evaluation.