Often community health workers (CHWs) are promised incentives for their work, but the complicated, protracted, and at times, insecure process of disbursing funds is demotivating. USAID’s Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) project, with the help of USAID’s mSTAR project implemented by FHI 360, pilot tested a transition from cash to mobile financial services. This reduced the lag time between earning incentives and receiving payment, avoided long treks to the post office, and increased safety by eliminating the need to personally collect and carry cash. The success of the pilot not only increased CHW satisfaction, it also reduced cost and staff time.
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The Centers for Disease Control has released a Community Health Worker Toolkit. The kit includes fact sheets, training materials, information about the Million Hearts program and more.
HIFA (www.hifa2015.org ) is a global health discussion forum with more than 14,000 members. It is currently focusing on the information and learning needs of CHWs. It is seeking CHWs, CHW trainers or CHW programmers to join HIFA. Participation requires ability to speak English (or French or Portuguese)and occasional, low-bandwidth connectivity to receive and send emails. HIFA believes it is important that CHWs are given a voice. Read more here: http://www.hifa2015.org/chws/