CHWs can play a significant role in mitigating the impacts of biodiversity loss, climate change, and global noncommunicable diseases on health by providing culturally-relevant education and behavioral interventions. Manas Behera and colleagues performed a review of the literature to understand how CHWs impact these factors on a global scale. The researchers identified four … [Read more...] about Planetary health and the role of community health workers
Low- and middle-income countries experience high cases of preventable diseases like hypertension, in part due to a limited supply of trained physicians. Dilan Gamage and his colleagues examined whether CHWs could help improve hypertension management in rural India. CHW training in hypertension management enabled an additional 20% of participants to obtain blood pressure … [Read more...] about Effectiveness of a scalable group-based education and monitoring program, delivered by health workers, to improve control of hypertension in rural India: A cluster randomised controlled trial.
This paper presents the results of a rapid evidence synthesis (RES) on CHWs and their role in COVID-19 control and prevention. The authors note that, although more research on implementation is required, findings support the vital role of CHWs in the COVID-19 response. They stress the importance of role clarity, supportive supervision, and work satisfaction for CHWs. … [Read more...] about Community health workers for pandemic response: a rapid evidence synthesis
Researchers in Mali aimed to determine whether CHWs delivering Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) care would promote early case identification compared to outpatient treatment at health facilities (HFs). The results indicated that CHWs diagnosed and treated more infectious disease cases. Additionally, CHWs administering SAM treatment resulted in earlier admissions, more integrated … [Read more...] about Bringing severe acute malnutrition treatment close to households through community health workers can lead to early admissions and improved discharge outcomes
The purpose of this systematic review was to explore the impact of CHW programs on preventative care for diverse, disadvantaged patients in Australia. The review produced data demonstrating improvements in patient behavior, screening rates, and patient access to health services due to CHW interventions. CHWs were able to make a significant impact on their patients due to … [Read more...] about Community health workers involvement in preventative care in primary healthcare: a systematic scoping review