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"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.

Mobile instant messaging for rural community health workers: a case from Malawi

This multi-site case study used interviews and focus groups of community health workers and facilitators to examine conversations on WhatsApp. WhatsApp was viewed positively by community health workers and acted as a useful tool in rural health work, despite the challenge of separating social use from instrumental use.

Leadership and governance of community health worker programmes at scale: a cross case analysis of provincial implementation in South Africa

This cross case analysis of leadership and governance roles involved in implementing large-scale community health worker programs at sub-national level. The authors identified four key roles for leaders and governments in implementing these programs. 

Community health worker interventions are key to optimal infant immunization coverage, evidence from a pretest-posttest experiment in Mwingi, Kenya

This study looks at the effect of the community-based intervention targeting infant vaccination coverage in Mwingi, Kenya. The intervention increased infant vaccination coverage to an optimal level. 

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. 

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.

House Parties: An Innovative Model for Outreach and Community-Based Health Education

This paper describes the house party model. The house party model is a community-based workshop approach to health education facilitated by community health workers. Participants rated the experience highly and the ability to recognized causes or signs of preterm labor increased after participation. 

Integrating CHWs as Part of the Team Leading Diabetes Group Visits: A Randomized Controlled Feasibility Study

This randomized controlled study looked at the feasibility of incorporating community health workers into a team leading diabetes group visits. The authors concluded that integrating community health workers into diabetes group visit program is a feasible, effect intervention.

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. 

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