Countries with health workforce shortages are rely on community health workers (CHWs) to extend a diverse set of services to the community. However, there may be a limit to the number of tasks a CHW can perform without causing a severe decline in quality or productivity. This study assessed the viability of an existing program in Iringa, Tanzania in which HIV-focused CHWs … [Read more...] about “Because Even the Person Living With HIV/AIDS Might Need to Make Babies” – Perspectives on the Drivers of Feasibility and Acceptability of an Integrated Community Health Worker Model in Iringa, Tanzania
HIV and AIDS
Miami-Dade County in the state of Florida, USA, faces the largest burden of new HIV infections in the nation. Building off the success of street-based HIV testing carried out by community health workers (CHWs), this study looks at a community-based approach for HIV testing among Black adults. This CHW-led intervention included providing education about risk factor modification, … [Read more...] about Beyond the Barefoot Doctors: Using Community Health Workers to Translate HIV Research to Service.
HIV represents the leading cause of death among youth in sub-Saharan Africa. This study presents results from focus group discussions with HIV affected youth who were lost to follow up (had not returned to care in at least 4 months) and the community health workers who supported them. The resulting perceptions are important for mitigating loss to follow up. … [Read more...] about Health Care Experiences of Youth Living With HIV Who Were Lost to Follow-up in Western Kenya
The general focus of community based antiretroviral therapy is on drug refills, adherence and support groups. Due to this focus, laboratory services including blood draw are often neglected. This paper presents results from focus group discussions among community antiretroviral therapy members and community health workers and looks for positive perceptions regarding improving … [Read more...] about Perceptions on the feasibility of decentralizing phlebotomy services in community anti-retroviral therapy group model in Lusaka, Zambia
Low- and middle-income countries face the highest burdens hearing loss. Added to this is the limited access to hearing care in these regions. This study looks at a community-based hearing screening program using smartphone testing by community care workers (CCWs) in vulnerable populations, infected or affected by HIV. … [Read more...] about Supporting hearing health in vulnerable populations through community care workers using mHealth technologies.