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Are village health volunteers as good as basic health staffs in providing malaria care? A country wide analysis from Myanmar, 2015

This retrospective cohort study compares Village Health Volunteers (VHVs) and basic health staff  (BHS) in the detection and treatment of malaria. The researchers find that VHVs are more accessible to mothers and children.  

Report on the ‘Think-in’ on Community Health Worker Voice, Power, and Citizens’ Right to Health

Drawing on information from Brazil, India, South Africa and the United States, this report assesses the role of CHWs in fostering health system accountability to the community.

Report on the ‘Think-in’ on Community Health Worker Voice, Power, and Citizens’ Right to Health

Drawing on information from Brazil, India, South Africa and the United States, this report assesses the role of CHWs in fostering health system accountability to the community.

A pilot study to evaluate home-based screening for the common non-communicable diseases by a dedicated cadre of community health workers in a rural setting in India

This article reports the findings of a pilot study of home-based screening of common non-communicable diseases by community health workers in rural India. The pilot included screening over 6000 rural Indian residents by CHWs over a six-month period. 

Tobacco cessation in Vietnam: Exploring the role of village health workers

Presenting the results of a survey of 449 Village Health Workers (VHWs) from 26 communes in the Thai Nguyen province of Vietnam, this study explores current tobacco use treatment (TUT) practice patterns, attitudes and beliefs among VHWs about delivering smoking cessation interventions and perceived barriers to doing so.

Health policy and system support to optimise community health worker programmes: an abridged WHO guideline

This abridged version of the WHO CHW guideline, provides a snapshot for policy makers, planners and managers on the evidence and recommendations for improving  community health worker program optimization

 

How are gender inequalities facing India’s one million ASHAs being addressed? Policy origins and adaptations for the world’s largest all-female community health worker programme

This paper looks at the world’s largest community health worker program, India’s accredited social health activist program (ASHA), through a gender lens. It assesses the difficulties these female workers face and how these challenges are being addressed.

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.

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