Authors: Glenton C, Colvin C, Carlsen B, Swartz A, Lewin S, Noyes J, and Rashidian A.
This article synthesizes the qualitative evidence of the effectiveness of lay health workers (LHWs) as well as the factors affecting implementation of LHW programs for maternal and child health. 53 studies were included primarily describing the experiences of LHWs, program recipients, and other health workers. Results from the review suggest that rather than being seen as a lesser trained health worker, LHWs may represent a different and sometimes preferred type of health worker. The close relationship between LHWs and recipients is a program strength. However, program planners must consider how to achieve the benefits of closeness while minimizing the potential drawbacks.
Link: Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of lay health worker programmes to improve access to maternal and child health:
Resource Topic: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health