Volunteers are essential to many organizations. This guide is designed to help country programs address programmatic issues surrounding volunteer engagement such as: roles and responsibilities, incentives, recruitment, training and supervision. It includes checklists, tools and frameworks that can be adapted to local contexts to help organizations standardize how they work with volunteers.
This cluster randomized controlled trial assesses the effectiveness of the Integrated Management of Neonatal Childhood Illness (IMNCI) strategy in Haryana, India. The IMNCI model utilizes CHWs in the treatment of sick newborns and children and also incorporates home visits for early newborn care. The study concludes that the implementation of the IMNCI resulted in substantial improvement in infant survival and in neonatal survival in those born at home. The authors conclude the IMNCI should be a part of India's strategy to achieve the MDG on child survival.
This document describes the Isibindi Model which uses community-based child and youth care workers in communities in an innovative team outreach program to support children and families affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The aim is to enable children and youth to acquire skills that will increase their competency in their living environment and facilitate emotional support to children and youth.
This study reviews research on CHW programs and concludes there is an inconsistent reporting of selection and training processes for CHWs in the existing literature. It presents a conceptual model for the role development of CHWs to guide future reporting of CHW programs in the intervention literature.
This study presents the results of a randomized trial of a promotora-led education intervention focused on cervical caner in a local South Philadelphia Hispanic community. The findings suggest that CHWs can provide a novel and culturally-appropriate model for addressing racial and ethnic health disparities in underserved populations.
CHWs provide health education, referral and follow up, case management, and basic preventive health care and home visiting services to specific communities. They provide support and assistance to individuals and families in navigating the health and social services system.
Community Health Workers (CHWs) provide a critical and essential link with health systems and are a powerful force for promoting healthy behaviors in resource-constrained settings. During the past decade, there has been an explosion of evidence and interest concerning community health workers and their potential for improving the health of populations where health workforce resources are limited.
The World Health Organization’s recommendations on optimizing the roles of health workers aim to help address critical health workforce shortages that slow down progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A more rational distribution of tasks and responsibilities among cadres of health workers can significantly improve both access and cost-effectiveness – for example by training and enabling ‘mid-level’ and ‘lay’ health workers to perform specific interventions otherwise provided only by cadres with longer (and sometimes more specialized) training.
The report is based on UNICEF's three country qualitative study to identify solutions to local barriers to care-seeking and treatment for diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia. The study had three main objectives: