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Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM): Updated Program Functionality Matrix for Optimizing Community Health Programs

To support quality CHW program design and implementation, USAID, UNICEF, the Community Health Impact Coalition, and Initiatives Inc. have updated and adapted the Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM) Program Functionality Matrix tool. This tool can be applied at district, regional, and national levels to identify and close gaps in design and implementation and, ultimately, enhance program performance.

The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog

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. The CHS Catalog includes 25 country profiles, a set of infographics, and a summary of cross-country policy and program trends.

Prevalence, incidence and predictors of volunteer community health worker attrition in Kwale County, Kenya

Retaining CHWs is essential in the sustainability of CHW programs; yet, there is little literature on reasons for their attrition that might help CHW retention. This study measured CHW attrition and its predictors in a rural area in Kenya.

Role of Monetary Incentives on Motivation and Retention of Community Health Workers: An Experience in a Kenyan Community

Retaining trained CHWs is a challenge faced by many  countries. This study assesses the role of monetary incentives on motivation and retention of CHWs in Kibwezi Sub-county, Kenya. 

Effect of a Community Health Worker Led Health Education Intervention on Latrine Coverage in Mwingi West Sub-County; Kenya: A Quasi-Experiment

With low latrine coverage in Kenya, there is a high prevalence of hygiene and sanitation related illnesses. This study assesses the effects of a CHW-led intervention, on latrine coverage in Mwingi West Sub-County, Kitui County-Kenya. 

Evaluation of malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) use by community health workers: a longitudinal study in western Kenya

This study assessed whether or not community health workers maintain competency in malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) administration over a twelve-month period as well as  the CHW characteristics, such as age or level of experience, that influence competencies. The results indicate that a majority of CHWs maintain RDT competency over at least a twelve-month period and that younger age and prior experience with RDT are associated with better RDT performance. 

Community health worker interventions are key to optimal infant immunization coverage, evidence from a pretest-posttest experiment in Mwingi, Kenya

This study looks at the effect of the community-based intervention targeting infant vaccination coverage in Mwingi, Kenya. The intervention increased infant vaccination coverage to an optimal level. 

Effectiveness of home-based nutritional counselling and support on exclusive breastfeeding in urban poor settings in Nairobi: a cluster randomized controlled trial

The authors conducted a cluster-randomized controlled trial in Nairobi to determine the effectiveness of a home-based intervention that used community health workers to provide nutritional counseling and support exclusive breastfeeding. The intervention resulted in exclusive breastfeeding rates significantly increasing. 

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