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Urban young women's preferences for intervention strategies to promote physical and mental health preconception: a Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI)

This study is a qualitative assessment of women’s preferences for preconception intervention strategies to promote physical and mental health in urban settings. The evaluation was carried out through focus group discussions in Soweto, South Africa.

Integration of Traditional Birth Attendants into Mental Healthcare: A Multistakeholder Qualitative Study Exploration

A large number of common mental disorders often go undiagnosed at primary healthcare facilities. This study looks at the feasibility of integrating traditional birth attendants into maternal mental health care through an analysis of views from multiple key stakeholders in Kenya.

Ethiopian community health workers’ beliefs and attitudes towards children with autism: Impact of a brief training intervention

Access to care for rural children living with autism is impeded by stigma and the confinement of autism care services to the capital city, Addis Ababa.  Community health workers can help mitigate these challenges. This article presents the findings of an assessment of the impact of a brief training on CHW beliefs and attitudes towards children with autism.

Participants' perceptions of interactions with community health workers who promote behavior change: a qualitative characterization from participants with normal, depressive, and anxious mood states

This study attempts to characterize the relationship dynamics between Latino participants and CHWs from the participant's perspective to determine if CHW-delivered community interventions affect behavior change among participants who reported anxiety and depression.

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.

How are gender inequalities facing India’s one million ASHAs being addressed? Policy origins and adaptations for the world’s largest all-female community health worker programme

This paper looks at the world’s largest community health worker program, India’s accredited social health activist program (ASHA), through a gender lens. It assesses the difficulties these female workers face and how these challenges are being addressed.

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. 

Piloting a mental health training programme for community health workers in South Africa: an exploration of changes in knowledge, confidence and attitudes

Despite psychiatric disorders contributing to a significant portion of the global disease burden, insufficient access to mental health services is widespread.  This study examined its CHW mental health training program, developed in close collaboration with the Western Cape Department of Health, and evaluates the program’s success in improving the knowledge, skill and confidence among trained CHWs and expanding access to mental health services.

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