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

Community health, global knowledge? Experiences from Uganda (feature resource documentary)

With an aim to improve the ability of low-income countries to learn from and act on the successes and failures of each other, the Oxford Policy Management published this documentary on Uganda’s experiences with community health and the vital role played by community health workers.

Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM): Updated Program Functionality Matrix for Optimizing Community Health Programs

To support quality CHW program design and implementation, USAID, UNICEF, the Community Health Impact Coalition, and Initiatives Inc. have updated and adapted the Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM) Program Functionality Matrix tool. This tool can be applied at district, regional, and national levels to identify and close gaps in design and implementation and, ultimately, enhance program performance.

The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog

The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog is a one-stop ‘shop’ for information on community health policies and programs across 25 countries, including extensive information on CHWs. Developed in 2014 and updated in 2017, it provides policymakers, program managers, researchers and donors with policy data to advance community health research, programming, and advocacy efforts. The CHS Catalog includes 25 country profiles, a set of infographics, and a summary of cross-country policy and program trends.

Community Health Worker Programs to Improve Healthcare Access and Equity: Are They Only Relevant to Low- and Middle-Income Countries?

Although there is much research regarding CHWs in low- and middle-income countries, there is not as much information regarding the value of CHW programs in high-income countries. This study examines the potential for CHWs programs in Australia to improve health equity and the challenges of integrating CHWs in the health system.

Effect of a Community Health Worker Led Health Education Intervention on Latrine Coverage in Mwingi West Sub-County; Kenya: A Quasi-Experiment

With low latrine coverage in Kenya, there is a high prevalence of hygiene and sanitation related illnesses. This study assesses the effects of a CHW-led intervention, on latrine coverage in Mwingi West Sub-County, Kitui County-Kenya. 

Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Community Health Workers: A Call to Action

This policy brief provides evidence-based recommendations to support community-based CHW services with sufficient resources to address social determinants of health. The goal of these recommendations is to increase the establishment of healthcare policies related to CHW services for communities facing health inequities. 

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. 

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.

Perspectives and experiences of community health workers in Brazilian primary care centers using m-health tools in home visits with community members

This research paper examines CHWs' experiences with m-health tools through interviewing CHWs in primary care centers in Brazil. While m-health tools can be particularly helpful in low- and middle-income countries, CHW input should be sought during the design phase of the tool.

Linking communities to formal health care providers through village health teams in rural Uganda: lessons from linking social capital

Global literature has shown that community health workers connect communities to formal health care services. This article investigates whether or not this holds true in Uganda by examining village health teams (VHTs). The paper suggests several factors that limit VHTs ability to effectively link communities to form health care services.

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