Tuberculosis (TB) represents a leading infectious cause of death globally. New and novel approaches are required to reduce TB rates and mortality. This article reviews community health worker (CHW) led efforts to prevent and treat TB in order to evaluate the potential of CHW driven programs to effectively impact the future of TB prevention and care. … [Read more...] about Opportunities for community health workers to contribute to global efforts to end tuberculosis
Kenya faces a heavy burden of tuberculosis. However, in 2016 only 46% cases were diagnosed. This study looked to identify strategies to increase attendance of patients at community-based clinics. This cluster randomized trial involved recruitment of individuals who showed disease symptoms by community health volunteers (CHVs). … [Read more...] about Lessons learned from community-based tuberculosis case-finding in western Kenya
The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog is a one-stop ‘shop’ for information on community health policies and programs across 25 countries, including extensive information on CHWs. Developed in 2014 and updated in 2017, it provides policymakers, program managers, researchers and donors with policy data to advance community health research, programming, and advocacy efforts. … [Read more...] about The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog
With the urgency of the HIV and TB epidemics in some low and middle-income countries, prevalent chronic diseases such as hypertension are often neglected by health services. This study assesses whether task-shifting from nurses to lay health workers (LHWs) improves the management of hypertension in rural primary healthcare clinics in South Africa. … [Read more...] about Can lay health workers support the management of hypertension? Findings of a cluster randomised trial in South Africa
Trained community health workers can provide tuberculosis treatment and achieve results comparable to strict hospitalization. … [Read more...] about Limitations on human rights in the context of drug-resistant tuberculosis: A reply to Boggio et al.