Close-to-community health service (CTC) providers serve as critical support in low- and middle-income countries with limited access to formalized health care providers. However, motivational challenges cause CTC providers to suffer high rates of turnover. Frederique Vallieres conducted interviews and discussions with CTC providers across six countries to develop a survey … [Read more...] about Measuring motivation among close-to-community health workers: developing the CTC Provider Motivational Indicator Scale across six countries
Early breastfeeding initiation and exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life are linked to improved neonatal health and development. Dorothy Mituki-Mungiria and her colleagues explored how effective CHWs are in teaching mothers to breastfeed in the first hour after birth and continuing exclusive breastfeeding for 24 weeks postpartum. CHWs were very successful at … [Read more...] about Effectiveness of community health workers in improving early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding rates in a low‐resource setting: A cluster‐randomized longitudinal study
Financing Alliance for Health has produced a series of country case studies providing robust information on community health system profiles, taking a financing lens. Each case study includes insights on community health system context, structure and lessons on financing. Kenya’s community health program was introduced in 2006 and has undergone various evolutions to … [Read more...] about Financing Alliance for Health Country Case Study: Kenya
Decisions about whether and how to finance and support close-to-community community health programming are best driven by evidence about what “works,” but a recent study by Meghan Bruce Kumar and her team suggests that the evidence base is limited. The researchers took a look at financing decisions in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawai, and Mozambique to model their decision making … [Read more...] about How do decision-makers use evidence in community health policy and financing decisions? A qualitative study and conceptual framework in four African countries.
This database offers a variety of medically-reviewed educational materials regarding COVID-19. Visitors will find resources related to: emergency response, risk mitigation and community engagement, case finding, surveillance, public health prevention measures, infection prevention and control, lab testing, case management, and societal response. … [Read more...] about Quality assured COVID-19 Library of resources for community-based health workers