This review provides a comparative overview of CHW program implementation, expansion and reconfiguration for program managers and decision makers. Out of the 38 countries reviewed, only two ensured higher education for CHWs. Most countries do not guarantee adequate training and the majority of CHW work is carried out by women on a on a voluntary basis … [Read more...] about Community Health Workers: what do international studies tell us?
This study explored the feasibility, barriers, and strategies for context-specific agile programming in armed conflict affected settings through community-based health services in the Central African Republic and South Sudan. Community engagement, collaboration and negotiating safe passage; comprehensive delivery of services; and continued training were key strategies … [Read more...] about Implementing community-based health program in conflict settings: documenting experiences from the Central African Republic and South Sudan
This study investigated the CHW management of danger signs for severe illness implementing integrated community case management (iCCM) in a rural context in Uganda. Of the children that had been recorded as having a danger sign, 78% were referred by the CHWs as per the iCCM protocol. CHWs play a key role in early symptomatic detection, pre-referral treatment and early referral … [Read more...] about Management of children with danger signs in integrated community case management care in rural southwestern Uganda (2014-2018)
This study highlighted the operational and programmatic characteristics of a functional CHW-led routine immunization program. It included interviews with Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs), HSA supervisors, ministry of health officials, and community members in Malawi. Results from the case study showed HSAs as a high-functioning vaccination cadre, skilled and dedicated to … [Read more...] about Leveraging community health workers as vaccinators: a case study exploring the role of Malawi’s Health Surveillance Assistants in delivering routine immunization services
The study aimed to investigate the views of different stakeholders regarding the selection criteria and competency of CHWs in Iran. Thematic analysis identified three themes: “criteria for employing competent people”, “barriers to employing competent people”, and “identifying the barriers to employing competent people”. The authors recommend that the selection and hiring … [Read more...] about Recruitment and selection of community health workers in Iran; a thematic analysis.