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Job stress among community health workers: a multi-method study from Pakistan

This multi-method study investigated Lady Health Workers' (LHWs) viewpoints on their job description, the problems they face and the levels of stress they encounter. All LHWs in one rural sub-district in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, were surveyed. Around a quarter of LHWs were found to have significant occupational stress. The authors conclude that improvements in remuneration, administration of supplies and career opportunities would reduce stress and result in better performance among LHWs. In addition, they recommend that communication skills should an essential part of training for LHWs.

Scaling Up, Saving Lives

This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Global Health Workforce Alliance’s Task Force for Scaling Up and Training for Health Workers, focusing on countries with a health workforce crisis. The report uses evidence from Brazil, Ethiopia,and India on what can and has been done to expand the education and training of health workers quickly and on a national scale, by national governments as well as education and training bodies. The Task Force estimates it would require US $2.6 billion a year to educate and train 1.5 million additional health workers in Africa.

Community Health Worker Training Manual

This is the second (2005) edition of the Community Health Worker Training Manual of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health. The training manual provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of CHWs in meeting the health needs of the population, as well as key information and skills the CHWs require. Each chapter includes sections on: background, things to know, things to do and key points.

Promoting Policy and Systems Change to Expand Employment of Community Health Workers

This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention E-Learning training series provides written and audio information regarding what CHWs are and what they do, as well as, details about CHW workforce issues and development, sustainable funding, and moving policy and systems forward. The training also provides links to CHWs resources and programs in the US.

The Postpartum Hemorrhage: Prevention and Management Toolkit

This toolkit provides a variety of resources that form a platform for strengthening capacity to address public health priorities, specifically postpartum hemorrhage, which is the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. The toolkit, developed by MCHIP, includes hemorrhage-related information on: advocating, policy, preparing providers, advocating, quality of care, increase awareness, monitoring and evaluation, scale-up and sustainability.

Improving Outcomes with Community Health Workers

Partner in Health's Program Management Guide discusses strategies to help organizations implement a CHW program to improve access as well as the quality of care that is provided in resource-limited areas. A CHW program can significantly improve health outcomes, particularly for the poorest members of the community. In PIH's accompaniment model of care, patients build a trusting relationship with one CHW who will remain with them until healthy.

Improving Programs through Training

The Program Management Guide is a "how-to" guide created by Partners in Health. This unit outlines how PIH provides training for three broad groups who serve and are served by our healthcare programs: 1) community health workers, 2) clinicians, and 3) patients and the community . Specific guidelines—relevant to all three of these groups—are offered for developing healthcare-focused training programs in a resource-poor setting.

Accompagnateur Training Guide

This pilot curriculum for accompagnateurs, developed by Partners in Health, includes parallel materials for use by trainers and participants, as well as visual aids for use with each unit. The Accompagnateur Training Guide covers: treatment, prevention, side effects and risk factors for HIV, TB, STIs and other infectious diseases; roles and responsibilities of accompagnateurs; challenges faced by accompagnateurs and ways of dealing with them; the impact of HIV/AIDS on women; recognizing and reducing stigma and discrimination; and effective communication and psychosocial support.

Community Health Workers and Community Voices: Promoting Good Health

This report documents how CHWs address the problems of health disparities, poor access to care, and the rising cost of health care. Challenges that exist in expanding current CHW programs are also examined. Policy options around finance, workforce, and delivery of care are also discussed.

Community Leadership Development Program

The Community Leadership Development Programs is a training designed for rural leaders to help them understand the processes that contribute to better healthcare management and the steps to build effective teamwork. The program creates support and buy-in for health programs and infrastructure development through a series of workshops that focus on: visioning, health and education, leadership and planning, conflict resolution and forgiveness, and respect.


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