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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.

The perceptions of first nation participants in a community oral health initiative

This paper examines the perspective of community members on the Children's Oral Health Initiative (COHI) who have children enrolled in the program through interviews. The authors found that local, community-based oral health prevention programs are perceived by the community to be beneficial. 

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.

Can formalizing links among community health workers, accredited drug dispensing outlet dispensers, and health facility staff increase their collaboration to improve prompt access to maternal and child care? A qualitative study in Tanzania

An intervention brought together community health workers, health facility staff, and accredited drug dispensing outlet (ADDO) dispensers to improve maternal and newborn health through a mechanism of collaboration and referral. This study explored barriers, successes, and promising approaches to increasing timely access to care by linking the three levels of health care provision.

Sustainable Financing Models for Community Health Worker Services in Connecticut: Translating Science into Practice

The focus of this report is on the financial sustainability of Community Health Worker (CHW) programs in the state of Connecticut.  The goal of this research is to find a way in which Connecticut can develop an effective program that utilizes CHWs to improve patient health outcomes and achieve a level of positive financial return.  This report worked within the boundaries of Connecticut’s State Innovation Model (SIM), a federally funded grant to aid in transforming healthcare systems from state to state, in order to ensure a possible funding source for the resulting new programs.  The repor

Community health worker perspectives on a new primary health care initiative in the Eastern Cape of South Africa

This study sought to understand CHW perspectives on a new primary health initiative in South Africa called Re-engineering Primary Health Care (rPHC). This initiative aims to provide a preventive and health-promoting community-based PHC model. Focus group discussions and surveys on the knowledge and attitudes of 91 CHWs working on community-based rPHC teams in the King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) sub-district of Eastern Cape Province were conducted.

A scorecard for assessing functionality of community health unit in Kenya

Amref Health Africa in Kenya has developed a replicable Community Health Units (CHUs) Functionality Scorecard for measuring and managing the functionality of CHUs. The scorecard was designed and piloted at 114 CHUs in Rift Valley province in Kenya. The scorecard categorized CHUs as Functional, Semi-functional, or Non-Functional. Before and after data was used to assess the functionality. From January 2012 to September 2013, the proportion of functional CHU increased from 3.5% to 82.9%, Semi-Functional reduced from 39% to 13% while Non-Functional reduced from 58% to 4%.

Case Studies of Large-Scale Community Health Worker Programs

This resource from USAID and MCHIP provides an overview of large-scale CHW programs from 13 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Case studies address the historical context of CHWs, the health needs of the country, the scope of work of the CHWs, CHW training, support and supervision, and financing of CHW programs. The demonstrated impact and continuing challenges of the different programs are also addressed.

A comprehensive description of three national community health worker programs and their contributions to maternal and child health and primary health care

This is an in-depth review of the effectiveness of CHW programs in Ethiopia, Brazil, and Nepal. The main objective of this report is to provide insight and examples of successful CHW programs for other countries that are looking to build and strengthen their own CHW programs, specifically in the maternal and child health field. 

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