This article looks at the determinants of community health workers using mobile phone technologies in rural Rwanda. Technical characteristics were found to be a predictor of use, while user characteristics were not.
This multi-site case study used interviews and focus groups of community health workers and facilitators to examine conversations on WhatsApp. WhatsApp was viewed positively by community health workers and acted as a useful tool in rural health work, despite the challenge of separating social use from instrumental use.
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.
This paper examines the impact of an intervention to improve maternal and newborn health in Nairobi, Kenya, through an mHealth application called mobile Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
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.
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.
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.
In this article, mPowering reflects on learning from pre-existing CHW programs. First, they recognize CHWs who have support are more likely to make an impact on the communities they serve. In addition, the introduction of technology into many programs has presented opportunities to improve communication and data collection. The reflection concludes by stating current CHW programs need to be strengthened, which can be done by increased investment in health systems.
In Ethiopia some CHWs are now receiving smartphones that aid them in providing care for patients as well as strengthening new skills they can use in their job. This technology is powered by a solar lantern that allows CHWs to use training modules at home that can be downloaded and used without connection. In addition, the lantern provides a source of light to study CHW textbooks at night. These resources have increased exam scores of CHWs and helped them feel better prepared to help those in their community.
The emerging field of mobile health (mHealth) consists of interventions that apply cellular phones and other mobile devices for healthcare purpose such as data collection, clinical decision support, self-care, and CHW management. This rapid expansion of mobile communications systems represents an opportunity to improve the productivity of community health workers in rural areas.