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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.

Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy: A Trainer's Reference Guide

This is a resource for trainers developing in-service training for facility-based healthcare providers and CHWs who already have some basic experience with reproductive health and family planning. It is a reference guide to be used by trainers and can be adapted depending on whether trainees are facility-based or community-based.

TB HIV Training Manual for Community Health Workers

This training manual assists community leaders and CHWs to provide correct information on TB and TB/HIV co-infection, as well as on stigma and discrimination. The training prepares CHWs to share information and answer questions about TB and TB/HIV co-infection, promote TB prevention, encourage people to go for TB diagnosis and treatment, and support adherence to TB treatment. CHWs are also trained to advocate and address related issues of stigma and discrimination.

Engaging Men at the Community Level

This training manual helps participants develop and use activities at the community level to create a supportive environment for work related male engagement. It provides guidance on discussing HIV and AIDS, gender norms, gender equity and creating community action teams.

Promising Practices in Supply Chain Management for Community-Based Distribution Programs: Global Survey of CBD Programs

This global survey documents the preliminary research and findings that the JSI team compiled to inform the final project document, Supply Chain Models and Considerations for Community‐Based Distribution Programs: A Program Manager’s Guide. It can be used as a reference to any person or organization interested in CBD programs.

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.

Assessment of the Training of the First Intake of Health Extension Workers

This study assessed the first year of Ethiopia’s Health Extension Worker (HEW) training program, a central component of the Health Extension Program's (HEP). The authors used a questionnaire and observations on the training program’s inputs, processes, and outputs. They found that the training centers lacked adequate facilities for the HEW trainees and the selection and training processes were flawed. However, trainees expressed a high level of commitment. The authors make recommendations on improving future training, continuing education of HEWs, and dealing with attrition.

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.

On the front line of primary health care: the profile of community health workers in rural Quechua communities in Peru

This article profiles CHWs, including health promoters, traditional birth attendants and traditional healers, serving rural Quechua communities from Ayacucho, Peru. It uses both quantitative and qualitative information from questionnaires, personal interviews and group discussions conducted in 40 communities. The majority of CHWs in Ayacucho are men with limited education who are primarily Quechua speakers. However, health promoters were typically young and high school graduates, while traditional healers and birth attendants were generally older and illiterate.

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