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

Effectiveness of home-based nutritional counselling and support on exclusive breastfeeding in urban poor settings in Nairobi: a cluster randomized controlled trial

The authors conducted a cluster-randomized controlled trial in Nairobi to determine the effectiveness of a home-based intervention that used community health workers to provide nutritional counseling and support exclusive breastfeeding. The intervention resulted in exclusive breastfeeding rates significantly increasing. 

An NGO-Implemented Community–Clinic Health Worker Approach to Providing Long-Term Care for Hypertension in a Remote Region of Southern India

This report discusses the implementation of a program that trained community health workers in southern India to identify hypertensive patients, refer them to a physician, and assist with lifestyle interventions and medications. 

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.

Monitoring of hearing and language in primary health care: project pilot

This paper examines the feasibility of implementing a monitoring program for neonatal hearing conducted by community health workers. The results from the first six months were unsatisfactory; training may address some of the issues in implementing this monitoring program.

Community health systems: allowing community health workers to emerge from the shadows

In this correspondence to the Lancet: Global Health, the authors address the role and potential of community health systems with institutionalized community health workers. 

A Mobile-Based Community Health Management Information System for Community Health Workers and Their Supervisors in 2 Districts of Zambia

This paper discusses the implementation of a mobile-based community health management information system for community health workers (CHWs) and their supervisors in Zambia. CHWs provided weekly updates to supervisors and received feedback through the mobile application. 

Evaluation of a community-based intervention to improve maternal and neonatal health service coverage in the most rural and remote districts of Zambia

This paper outlines the outcomes in the coverage of maternal and neonatal health after the implementation of a community-based intervention called Safe Motherhood Action Groups in four districts in Zambia.

Effect of self-administration versus provider-administered injection of subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate on continuation rates in Malawi: a randomised controlled trial

This study looked at the continuation rates of women who self-injected contraceptives (specifically subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate) versus women who were injected by a health care provider, which included community health workers. The paper concluded that women who self-injected were more likely to continue and suggested promoting the ability to self-inject.

Community Health Workers Bring Cost Savings to Patient-Centered Medical Homes

This paper examines the cost savings that can result from integrating CHWs into patient-centered medical homes.

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