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

Roles and Functions of Community Health Workers in Primary Care

A literature review and synthesis of the roles and functions of community health workers in primary care designed to provide insight on how to better to integrate community health workers in primary care. The article analyses 30 studies, 12 functions and 3 prominent CHW roles and discusses the implications of CHW training and clinical support in primary care. 

Community health workers and accountability: reflections from an international “think-in”

Community health workers and accountability: reflections from an international “think-in,” presents a commentary with recommendations for research and further development in the area of CHWs and improved general health system accountability.”

Primary Health Care and Universal Health Coverage: the evidence on contributions and effectiveness of community health workers

On May 21, 2018, a side event was hosted by the Governments of Ethiopia and Ecuador at the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, addressing the contributions and effectiveness of Community Health Workers in Primary Health Care and Universal Health Care Coverage. This background document, makes the case for the importance of CHWs in primary health care and the achievement of universal health coverage.   

Integrating Community Health Workers Into Medical Homes

This qualitative study identifies facilitators and barriers to incorporating community health workers (CHWs) into patient-centered medical hoes and defines the role of CHWs on the care team.

Improving data quality in community health programmes: Recommendations from inter-country research

This brief discusses how to improve data quality in community health programmes and references the role of community health volunteers in data collection.

Podcast: Community Health Workers with Shreya Kangovi & Lisa Kidd from the Penn Center for CHWs

 This is the first episode of the Review of Systems podcast, which is done in partnership with Harvard Center for Primary Care. The first guest is Shreya Kangovie, a researcher of community health worker (CHW) interventions who developed a multi-stakeholder team-based CHW model called IMPaCT (Individualized Management towards Patient-Centered Targets).

Challenging orthodoxies: The road ahead for health and human rights

This blog examines human rights within the field of health care. Specific to community health workers (CHWs), it discusses the payment of CHWs within an ethical framework.

The effectiveness of treatment for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) delivered by community health workers compared to a traditional facility based model

While community health workers (CHWs) often identify and screen for severe acute malnutrition (SAM), this study looks at incorporating SAM treatment into the work of CHWs. The results from a randomized intervention study in Kita, Southwest Mali, indicated that with minimal training CHWs can treat SAM appropriately, which could result in lower defaulter ratios and improve access to treatment. 

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