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

A review of generalist and specialist community health workers for delivering adolescent health services in sub-Saharan Africa

The health of adolescents is increasingly seen as an important international priority because the world’s one point eight billion young people (aged 10 to 24 years) accounts for 15.5% of the global burden of disease and are disproportionately located in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Furthermore, an estimated 70% of premature adult deaths are attributable to unhealthy behaviors often initiated in adolescence (such as smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity).

Applying the HRH Action Framework to Develop Sustainable Excellence in the Health Supply Chain Workforce

To ensure that medicines and other health commodities reach the people who need them and contribute to improved health, people in the supply chain management (SCM) field must understand and apply effective approaches for developing and managing supply chain workforces. At the same time, those in the human resources for health (HRH) arena must recognize the crucial role of SCM in health service delivery and ensure that HRH policies, strategies, and plans systematically incorporate the supply chain workforce.

Consultation on Improving Access to Health Worker at the Frontline for Better Maternal and Child Survival

This report summarizes the Consultation on Improving Access to Health Workers at the Frontline for Better Maternal and Child Survival held in Nairobi, Kenya from 25th to 27th June 2012.

Treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder by trained lay counselors in an African refugee settlement: a randomized controlled trial.

Traumatic stress due to conflict and war causes major mental health problems in many resource-poor countries. The objective of this study was to examine whether trained lay counselors can carry out effective treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a refugee settlement. In a randomized controlled dissemination trial in Uganda with 277 Rwandan and Somalian refugees who were diagnosed with PTSD the authors investigated the effectiveness of psychotherapy administered by lay counselors.

President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Report on Work Force Capacity and HIV/AIDS

The paucity of trained health professionals and other human resources to combat HIV/AIDS in the focus countries is a stark indicator of the challenges facing the Emergency Plan. Policies that mandate that only health professionals can provide health services, when trained community health workers could provide components of prevention, care, and treatment

Insights from Community Case Management Data in Six Sub-Saharan African Countries

This study analyzed monitoring data from community case management (CCM) programs supported by the International Rescue Committee, covering over 2 million treatments provided from 2004 to 2011 in six countries by 12,181 community health workers to generate evidence on how to implement CCM.

Community Health Workers Providing Government Community Case Management for Child Survival in Sub-Saharan Africa: Who Are They and What Are They Expected to Do?

This article describes community health workers (CHWs) in government community case management (CCM) programs for child survival across sub-Saharan Africa. There were diverse incentives, training, and methods of treatment. Even if CHWs are as varied as the health systems in which they work, more work must be done in terms of the design and implementation of the CHW programs for them to realize their potential.

Global Health Media Project - Newborn Care Video Series

Newborn Care Video Series

Newborns die at alarming rates in the developing world, more than 3 million every year. Most can be saved with low-cost, low-tech interventions. Our newborn care series brings alive these lifesaving interventions in a memorable and engaging way to help health workers learn and save newborn lives.

Global Experience of Community Health Workers for Delivery of Health Related Millennium Development Goals: A Systematic Review, Country Case Studies, and Recommendations for Integration into National Health Systems

Participation of community health workers (CHWs) in the provision of primary health care has been experienced all over the world for several decades, and there is an amount of evidence showing that they can add significantly to the efforts of improving the health of the population, particularly in those settings with the highest shortage of motivated and capable health professionals.

Preparing the Next Generation of Community Health Workers: The Power of Technology for Training

This extensive report gathered evidence and research to see if technology could be harnessed in transformative ways to address critical gaps in community health worker (CHW) training in Sub-Saharan Africa. It covers the importance of CHW, current approaches to CHW training, emerging evidence and opportunities.

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