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

Smartphones for community health in rural Cambodia: A feasibility study [version 1; referees: 1 approved, 2 approved with reservations]

Village Malaria Workers (VMWs) in rural Cambodia play an essential role in surveillance and early treatment of malaria. This study evaluates the feasibility of VMWs using smartphone-based reporting for malaria, and a bespoke Android-powered app.

Measuring productivity and its relationship to community health worker performance in Uganda: a cross-sectional study

How are CHW productivity and performance related and what factors influence them? This study assesses the correlation between productivity and performance and the factors associated with them among the community health volunteer (CHV) from Village Health Teams (VHT) in Busia, District, Uganda. 

The feasibility of a role for community health workers in integrated mental health care for perinatal depression: a qualitative study from Surabaya, Indonesia

Based on an intervention carried out in Surabaya, Indonesia, this qualitative study examines the feasibility and acceptability of CHWs detecting and referring pregnant women and postpartum mothers who might suffer from perinatal depression. 

Cost effectiveness of mHealth intervention by community health workers for reducing maternal and newborn mortality in rural Uttar Pradesh, India

The ReMiNd program, an mHealth intervention developed for use by CHWs to help improve their performance in MNCH service delivery, was implemented in a poor performance district in the state of Uttat Pradesh, India. This study examines the cost-effectiveness of this intervention by evaluating the change in cost per disability adjusted life year (DALY) and cost as a result of ReMiNd as compared to routine care without ReMiNd.

A mobile health technology platform for quality assurance and quality improvement of malaria diagnosis by community health workers

Regular supportive supervision is essential to ensuring CHW performance and service quality in CHW programs and yet it is often difficult to implement, especially at scale, due to logistical and resources constraints. This study evaluates the use of a mobile health technology platform for monitoring malaria RDT testing and improving the quality of malaria diagnosis by CHWs.

A community health worker intervention to improve blood pressure among Filipino Americans with hypertension: A randomized controlled trial

While CHW interventions have proved effective in hypertension control among ethnic minorities in the US, few have focused on Asian Americans. This randomized controlled trial assesses the efficacy of a CHW intervention in New York City to improve hypertension management among Filipino Americans with uncontrolled blood pressure. 

The role of indigenous health workers in promoting oral health during pregnancy: a scoping review

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are twice as likely to develop dental decay. This scoping review initiates a systematic search of literature to identify the role of indigenous health workers, including community health workers, in promoting maternal oral health globally, with the aim of improving child oral health through strengthened maternal oral care and care seeking.

“I am not telling. The mobile is telling”: Factors influencing the outcomes of a community health worker mHealth intervention in India

This mixed-methods study assesses a CHW-utilized mHealth platform, Mobile for Mothers, in India. It analyzes CHW perceptions of the technology and its usefulness, outcomes and the contextual factors that influence health seeking behavior. 

Community Health Worker Programs to Improve Healthcare Access and Equity: Are They Only Relevant to Low- and Middle-Income Countries?

Although there is much research regarding CHWs in low- and middle-income countries, there is not as much information regarding the value of CHW programs in high-income countries. This study examines the potential for CHWs programs in Australia to improve health equity and the challenges of integrating CHWs in the health system.

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