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Community Health Worker Nutrition Advocacy Tool

SPRING, in collaboration with USAID, has created a new CHW Nutrition Advocacy Tool, which consists of a series of PowerPoint slides with important data regarding key nutrition responsibilities for CHWs. Information in these slides identify current gaps in nutrition service delivery and advocates for increased commitment to nutrition in community health programs. Stakeholders can use these materials to identify which nutrition-related services CHWs can provide, prioritizes CHW responsibilities, and builds a stronger foundation of policies, tools, and systems for CHWs to conduct their work.

Implementation research on community health workers’ provision of maternal and child health services in rural Liberia

This paper assesses the change in the use of essential maternal and child health services in Konobo, Liberia after the implementation of an enhanced CHW program. Last Mille Health, a nongovernmental organization, partnered with the Liberian Ministry of Health to pilot the CHW program. The program had enhanced recruitment, training, supervision, and compensation. Researchers conducted cross-sectional cluster surveys before and after the program implementation.

Who is a community health worker? — a systematic review of definitions

This review article explores the various definitions and descriptions of CHWs in the literature. It also identifies common themes in these definitions to better understand the essential characteristics of health workers classified as CHWs and to distinguish them from other healthcare providers. By describing the various categories of CHWs, this resource helps to clarify the use of the term to ultimately aid key stakeholders in community health program planning, policy, and research.

 

Management challenges in mHealth: failures of a mobile community health worker surveillance programme in rural Nepal

The emerging field of mobile health (mHealth) consists of interventions that apply cellular phones and other mobile devices for healthcare purpose such as data collection, clinical decision support, self-care, and CHW management. This rapid expansion of mobile communications systems represents an opportunity to improve the productivity of community health workers in rural areas.

Effect of community health worker-provided targeted education with regular follow-up of hypertensive patients on blood pressure control: 24-month results of a longitudinal study in Bangladesh

This longitudinal study aims to assess the effect of CHW-provided targeted education on blood pressure (BP) control in hypertensive patients in Bangladesh. Trained CHWs regularly followed up and provided specific health messages on BP control to adult hypertensive individuals through quarterly meetings and individual counseling. Mean BP changes were measured ever 6 months for 24 months. BP measurements showed that systolic BP and diastolic BP were significantly reduced compared to baseline in the group that worked with CHWs.

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. 

CHW Resources

A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a public health worker that is committed to improving the quality and accessibility of healthcare and social services in a community. The CDC has compiled a webpage with resources collected from their projects across the organization related to CHWs. This page serves as an excellent resource for both CHW workers as well as people that work with CHWs.

 

 

CHW Incentives: Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Madagascar

In Madagascar 83% of the country’s 22.9 million people live in rural areas that can be difficult to access. CHWs play a crucial role in providing access to healthcare in those parts of the country that are underserved. Over 34,000 CHWs work to extend basic health services such as maternal and child health, family planning and reproductive health, nutrition, TB, and sanitation services. This study seeks to examine the influence both financial and non-financial incentives have on CHW program performance and retention in Madagascar. 

Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of lay health worker programs to improve access to maternal and child health: qualitative evidence synthesis

The chronic shortage of health workers globally is a major obstacle when trying to provide crucial health care delivery in areas of the world where it is needed the most. A way to approach this issue has been to “task shift” health professional roles to providers such as lay health workers (LHW), a “lay person” that has been trained to provide health services but is not a conventional health professional. This review seeks to assess the effectiveness of LHWs and explore factors that can influence the success of LHW programs in maternal and child health programs. 
 

Assessing Early Access to Care and Child Survival during a Health System Strengthening Intervention in Mali: A Repeated Cross Sectional Survey

In 2012, 6.6 million children under age five died worldwide, most from diseases with known means of prevention and treatment. A delivery gap persists between well-validated methods for child survival and equitable, timely access to those methods. A health systems strengthening intervention was implemented in peri-urban Mali designed to improve child survival by improving rapid access to prevention and treatment.

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