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"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.

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.

Improving the performance of community health workers in Swaziland: findings from a qualitative study

Despite Swaziland's large CHW program, the performance of CHWs in Swaziland has not been studied. This qualitative study hopes to contribute to future program design and improvements to current programs.

Performance of community health workers: situating their intermediary position within complex adaptive health systems

This review provides a conceptual framework on CHW performance in low- and middle-income counties. The paper outlines several key factors that should be focused on to improve CHW performance.

The potential of task-shifting in scaling up services for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV: a time and motion study in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

This paper looks at the potential to shift prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV tasks from nurses to community health workers (CHWs). This study measures the time nurses dedicate to these activities in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in order to estimate the potential cost savings of having CHWs take up these tasks. The paper found that task-shifting could allow nurses to focus on more specialized tasks, while reducing the average cost per patient. 

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