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

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.

Book: Healthy Lives for Vulnerable Women and Children: Applying Health Systems Research

Tremendous challenges remain to ensure that the most vulnerable populations, including women, children, and adolescents, are able to enjoy the healthy lives and well-being promised in the Sustainable Development Goals. Much of their poor health is caused by poverty, gender, lack of education, and social marginalization as well as inaccessible healthcare services. Strong, equitable, and well-governed health systems can contribute to sustainably improving their lives.

Practitioner Expertise to Optimise Community Health Systems: Harnessing Operational Insight

This newly released report, titled ‘Practitioner Expertise to Optimise Community Health Systems: Harnessing Operational Insight’ examines how CHWs can successfully be integrated into national health systems, subsequently contributing towards efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage.

Podcast: Interview with Ash Rogers, Executive Director of the Lwala Community Alliance (Kenya)

 In this PIH interview, Dan Palazuelos continues his vibrant roundtable series.  He sat down with Ash Rogers, Executive Director of the Lwala Community Alliance in Kenya.   Lwala is known for its excellence in service delivery, and perhaps more importantly, its practice of listening to and elevating the voice of the community.  

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