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

Optimizing health worker roles to improve access to key maternal and newborn health interventions through task shifting: WHO recommendations

The World Health Organization’s recommendations on optimizing the roles of health workers aim to help address critical health workforce shortages that slow down progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A more rational distribution of tasks and responsibilities among cadres of health workers can significantly improve both access and cost-effectiveness – for example by training and enabling ‘mid-level’ and ‘lay’ health workers to perform specific interventions otherwise provided only by cadres with longer (and sometimes more specialized) training.

Deployment of community health workers across rural sub-Saharan Africa: financial considerations and operational assumptions

Objective
To provide cost guidance for developing a locally adaptable and nationally scalable community health worker (CHW) system within primary-health-care systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

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