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Community-Based Access to Injectables: An Advocacy Guide

This advocacy guide offers a strategy to facilitate the adoption of injectable contraceptives into CHW health service delivery programs. It expands on six steps that advocates can take to push for a policy change that would allow CHWs to provide injectables.

A Guide for Training Community Health Workers/Volunteers to Provide Maternal and Newborn Health Messages

This training guide focuses on building the capacity of CHWs and volunteers to use counseling cards to promote the health of women and newborns at home through preventive care, identification of problems, and seeking appropriate care. The guide trains CHWs to identify and interact with women of reproductive age, as well as their families, community and religious leaders, and health care providers at facilities.

Improving the Quality of Care

This tool describes a quality assurance process for ensuring that TB, HIV, and dual-infected clients are provided with quality of care. The approach relies on observation, use of scorable supervisory checklists to assess performance and instructions for addressing low-scoring tasks. Summary data informs improvement actions. Reports are submitted to the local health authorities. The tools are used by community care workers, their team leaders, and their supervisors. More information on the tool can be found at: tbhivcare.org

Community home-based prevention of disability due to lyphatic filariasis

This tool provides CHWs with 5 key messages as well as visual aids to help treat and prevent lymphatic filariasis in the community.

Healthy Villages: A guide for communities and community health workers

This guide outlines the type of information and approaches that Healthy Villages managers could provide to their communities; it can be used as the basis for developing material that is specific to regions or to entire countries. Healthy Villages deals with achieving good health through: water, excreta disposal, drainage, solid waste management, housing quality, hygiene, providing health care, and establishing committees for implementing Healthy Villages Initiatives.

Community-Based Access to Injectable Contraceptives Toolkit

This toolkit provides a variety of resources that form a platform for strengthening organizations’ capacity to promote community-based access to injectable contraceptives and to advocate for national policy and service delivery guidelines. The components of the toolkit address program planning, implementation, evaluation and scale-up. It provides evidence and background material to support community delivery of injectable contraception, shares country experiences and advocacy strategies and provides information on organizations that are global leaders in this area.

Tools to Introduce Community Case Management (CCM) of Serious Childhood Infection

This comprehensive toolkit from Save the Children presents more than 20 integrated tools that can be used to implement integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) strategies to deliver life-saving treatments for common serious childhood infections: pneumonia, newborn sepsis, malaria and diarrhea. The tools offer proven frameworks for training, equipping and supervising CHWs and planning and monitoring their work. The tools are each presented in a one-page format, followed by one or more examples. Additional examples are available on an accompanying CD.

Community Health Workers Evidence-Based Models Toolbox- HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy

This is a tool created by the U.S. Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) (a program of the Health Resources and Services Administration) to support the development of CHW programming in rural areas in the U.S.. It draws on and shares lessons learned from proven CHW program models. The toolkit has eight modules: Introduction to CHWs; CHW Program Models; Training Approaches for CHWs; Implementation of CHW Programs; Planning for Sustainability; Measuring and Evaluating the Impact of CHW Programs; Dissemination of CHW Resources and Promising Practices; and, a Rural CHW Program Clearinghouse.

Community Health Workers: Policy and Systems-Level Approach

This document provides guidance and resources for implementing policy recommendations to integrate CHWs into community-based efforts to prevent chronic disease. After providing general information on CHWs in the United States, it sets forth evidence demonstrating the value and impact of CHWs in preventing and managing a variety of chronic diseases, including heart disease and stroke, diabetes, and cancer.

Community Health Workers Toolkit

This toolkit, designed by the Rural Assistance Center (RAC), provides help in developing CHW programs and resources and  best practices developed by successful CHW program. It is made up of 8 modules, each focusing on different aspects of CHW program, including: introduction to CHW, program models, training approaches, program implementation, planning for sustainability, measuring program impacts, disseminating best practices and a program clearinghouse.

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