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Barrier Analysis Facilitator's Guide: A Tool for Improving Behavior Change Communication in Child Survival and Community Development Programs

The Barrier Analysis tool is a rapid assessment tool used in community health and other community development project to better identify barriers to behavior change that (if adopted) would have a significant positive impact on the health, nutrition, or well-being of targeted groups (e.g., preschool children) in a project area. The tool also helps staff members to identify positive aspects of behaviors which can be used in health promotion efforts.

Social and Behavioral Change for Family Planning

Many maternal and child health programs want to add family planning (counseling, referrals or even services) into their programs. Many health program and government staff would like to get the skills needed for this process—but time and resources are not available for a week(s) long training.This curriculum can share these useful skills without requiring a lot of time or resources. A local staff person or team can use this guide to run a 2.5 day training course that teaches the basics of “designing for behavior change” for community health workers.

Community-Based Tuberculosis Prevention and Care: Why—and How—to Get Involved. An International Handbook for Nongovernmental Organizations and Civil Society Organizations

This document is designed to serve as a handbook, or primer, for NGO s and civil society organizations (CSOs) that are considering joining the fight against tuberculosis (TB). It provides information on TB and how it is prevented, diagnosed, and treated, how TB programs work on the ground, how communities and CSOs can get involved, and special populations that need extra attention. Step-by-step guidance on getting started in addressing TB , pitfalls to avoid, and a list of useful resources are included.

Community Health Worker Regional Meeting Report

The USAID-sponsored Community Health Worker (CHW) Regional Meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from June 19 to 21, 2012, was attended by over 60 government and non- governmental (NGO) representatives from six African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia) as well as participants from international NGOs and organizations. The meeting was planned by Initiatives Inc.

Community Caregivers: The Backbone for Accessible Care and Support - Multi-country Research: South Africa Report

This report is the result of research undertaken in South Africa as part of a broader multi-country research project commissioned by the Caregivers Action Network (CAN) to review community and home-based care (CHBC), especially in regards to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. 

Outcomes of Community Health Worker Interventions

This report conducts a systematic review of the evidence on characteristics of community health workers (CHWs) and CHW interventions, outcomes of such interventions, costs and cost-effectiveness of CHW interventions, and characteristics of CHW training.

Community Caregivers: The Backbone for Accessible Care and Support - Multi-country Research: Zambia Report

This report is the result of research undertaken in Zambia as part of a broader multi-country research project commissioned by the Caregivers Action Network (CAN) to review community and home-based care (CHBC), especially in regards to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. 

Strategies to improve the performance of female health workers in West Bengal: A cross-sectional survey

This article examines the workload and determinants of good performance of female health workers in 2 districts of West Bengal, India. Results indicated that female health workers spent excessive time in documentation which left less time for service delivery. Infrastructure, planning and supervision affected performance and these areas must be strengthened to improve primary healthcare services.

1 million community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa by 2015

This editorial piece discusses the importance of community health workers in low-income countries and proposes a CHW scale-up in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve MDGs and the overarching aim of health for all.

A realist synthesis of randomised control trials involving use of community health workers for delivering child health interventions in low and middle income countries

This review examines evidence from randomized control trials (RCT) on CHW interventions in integrated management of childhood illnesses in low and middle income countries from a realist perspective with the aim of seeing if they can yield insight into the working of the interventions, when examined from a different perspective. Interventions to improve CHW performance included: ‘Skills based training of CHW’, ‘Supervision and referral support from public health services’, and ‘Positioning of CHW in the community’.

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