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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. 

Should community health workers offer support healthcare services to survivors of sexual violence? a systematic review

This paper evaluates the existing studies on the role of community health workers in sexual violence services. The authors found a lack of research on the topic, though the limited studies indicate that incorporating community health workers may be beneficial. However, more research is needed into the potential issues and harms that may come from community health workers providing services for sexual violence.

Exploring knowledge and attitudes toward non-communicable diseases among village health teams in Eastern Uganda: a cross-sectional study

This study investigated knowledge and attitudes towards non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among community health workers in village health teams (VHTs) in Eastern Uganda through a questionnaire and four focus group discussions.VHT members had some knowledge and awareness of NCDs, but lacked information about NCDs in their specific communities. VHTs see a potential role for themselves in addressing NCDs. 

Illness recognition and care-seeking for maternal and newborn complications in rural eastern Uganda

The authors conducted a cross-sectional study using 48 event narratives and 6 focus group discussions. Upon analyzing the collected qualitative data, it was found that community health workers and women's saving groups improved illness recognition, decision-making, care-seeking for maternal and newborn illness. 

An NGO-Implemented Community–Clinic Health Worker Approach to Providing Long-Term Care for Hypertension in a Remote Region of Southern India

This report discusses the implementation of a program that trained community health workers in southern India to identify hypertensive patients, refer them to a physician, and assist with lifestyle interventions and medications. 

Contribution of community health workers to surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases in the Obala health district

This is a cross-sectional descriptive study examining the effectiveness of community health workers controlling vaccine-preventable diseases in the Obala health district. The authors found that community health workers provide community-based surveillance that is critical to controlling vaccine-preventable diseases in the Obala health district.

Monitoring of hearing and language in primary health care: project pilot

This paper examines the feasibility of implementing a monitoring program for neonatal hearing conducted by community health workers. The results from the first six months were unsatisfactory; training may address some of the issues in implementing this monitoring program.

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