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

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

 

Community health, global knowledge? Experiences from Uganda (feature resource documentary)

With an aim to improve the ability of low-income countries to learn from and act on the successes and failures of each other, the Oxford Policy Management published this documentary on Uganda’s experiences with community health and the vital role played by community health workers.

Does supportive supervision enhance community health worker motivation? A mixed-methods study in four African countries.

This paper presents a mixed methods implementation study that assessed the effect of the supervision on CHW’s perceptions of supervision and motivation-related outcomes.

Effect of Community Health Worker Support on Clinical Outcomes of Low-Income Patients Across Primary Care Facilities-A Randomized Clinical Trial

This randomized trial sort to assess whether a standardized intervention delivered by community health workers can be effective for improving clinical outcomes. The results showed that indeed they could improve patient-perceived quality.

 

How Community Health Workers Can Affect Health Care

This paper seeks to answer the question: How do community health workers affect health care?

“They do not see us as one of them”: a qualitative exploration of mentor mothers’ working relationships with healthcare workers in rural North-Central Nigeria

Mentor mothers (MMs) are HIV positive women who provide support to other women living with HIV, particularly in the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). This qualitative study explores the experiences, working conditions, and relationships between MMs and health workers in Nigeria.

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.

Factors enabling community health workers and volunteers to overcome sociocultural barriers to behaviour change: meta-synthesis using the concept of social capital

A meta-synthesis of the existing literature, this article examines 33 publications to identify the factors that enable community health workers to bring about behavior change. It explicitly recognizes the difference between full-time trained and salaried community health workers and part-time community volunteers and proposes an approach to better coordinating the community health workforce to serve health, behavior change and empowerment needs. 

Community Health Policy Matters

APC’s Community Health Policy Matters video tells the story of fictional characters Winnie and Mary, and how a fragmented health system affects each woman’s ability to access family planning services in her respective community. This animated video highlights how policy can improve the health system for women.

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