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Training community healthcare workers on the use of information and communication technologies: a randomised controlled trial of traditional versus blended learning in Malawi, Africa

This paper examines the feasibility of incorporating distance mLearning (mobile learning) as part of a blended learning program in Malawi. Through questionnaires, CHWs’ knowledge and attitudes towards computers and mobile technology was assessed. The ‘Introduction to Information and Communication Technology and eHealth’ (ICT and eHealth) course was created to compare the effectiveness of traditional and blended learning courses in improving CHW knowledge and attitudes towards computers and mobile technology. CHW satisfaction and experience with the courses was also assessed.

Mobile instant messaging for rural community health workers: a case from Malawi

This multi-site case study used interviews and focus groups of community health workers and facilitators to examine conversations on WhatsApp. WhatsApp was viewed positively by community health workers and acted as a useful tool in rural health work, despite the challenge of separating social use from instrumental use.

Effect of self-administration versus provider-administered injection of subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate on continuation rates in Malawi: a randomised controlled trial

This study looked at the continuation rates of women who self-injected contraceptives (specifically subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate) versus women who were injected by a health care provider, which included community health workers. The paper concluded that women who self-injected were more likely to continue and suggested promoting the ability to self-inject.

Feasibility and acceptability of training community health workers in ear and hearing care in Malawi: a cluster randomised controlled trial

This cluster randomised controlled trial looked at the ability to train CHWs in Malawi to identify individuals with ear and hearing disorders. The intervention and training were effective and could be scaled up to CHWs in other countries.

Practitioner Expertise to Optimise Community Health Systems: Harnessing Operational Insight

This newly released report, titled ‘Practitioner Expertise to Optimise Community Health Systems: Harnessing Operational Insight’ examines how CHWs can successfully be integrated into national health systems, subsequently contributing towards efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage.

Using Data to Improve Programs: Assessment of a Data Quality and Use Intervention Package for Integrated Community Case Management in Malawi

Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) have been providing integrated community case management (iCCM) for sick children in Malawi since 2008. HSAs report monthly iCCM program data but, at the time of this study, little of it was being used for service improvement. Additionally, HSAs and facility health workers did not have the tools to compile and visualize the data they collected to make evidence-based program decisions.

 

National Community Health Strategy - Malawi

This report is the first National Community Health Strategy Malawi has produced, spanning from 2017 to 2022.  This strategy is intended to work towards achieving Millennium Development Goal number three: universal health care.  The main focus of this strategy include: integration of health services, community engagement, and sufficient and equitable distribution of well-trained community health workforce.  Efforts will also support maintaining sufficient supplies, transportation, and infrastructure.  This strategy provides a guide and framework to introduce community health into the pre-exi

Contraceptive uptake after training community health workers in couples counseling: A cluster randomized trial

The objective of this paper was to assess if training Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) in couples counseling would increase modern family planning uptake among young women in Malawi. In this cluster randomized controlled trial, 30 HSAs from Lilongwe, Malawi received training in family planning. The HSAs were then randomized 1:1 to receive or not receive additional training in couples counseling. All HSAs were asked to provide family planning counseling to women in their communities and record their contraceptive uptake over 6 months.

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