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How to Support Community Health Workers? Reflections on a year of global learning

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.

Ethiopia’s Community Health Workers Strengthen Skills and Improve Care Using Smartphones

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.

Management challenges in mHealth: failures of a mobile community health worker surveillance programme in rural Nepal

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.

Mobile Technology in Support of Frontline Health Workers

This report summarizes current data from over 140 FHW-supported mHealth projects from developing countries to describe the emergent trends and best practices in the use of mobile phones, tablets, and technical platforms by FHWs over the last decade, understand the key considerations in choosing the type pf phone and platform and associated programmatic costs, present the evidence on the effectiveness of mobile approaches, and establish
a framework for systematically deploying such tools.  

Cracking the Nut Health 2016: The Role of Communities in Building Resilient Health Systems

The learning event, Cracking the Nut Health: The Role of Communities in Building Resilient Health Systems took place July 18-19, 2016 in Washington, D.C., which focused on the three core themes:

Outcomes Brief: Collaboration for Scaling Digital Health at the National Level

This brief describes the key outcomes of a meeting held by mPowering and partners to discuss stronger cross-sector collaboration between health and ICT authorities in order to reach national scale in digital health to improve service delivery and health outcomes.

Outcomes Presentation: Collaboration for Scaling Digital Health at the National Level

This presentation recaps a meeting held by mPowering and partners to discuss stronger cross-sector collaboration between health and ICT authorities in order to reach national scale in digital health to improve service delivery and health outcomes.

mHealth Field Guide for Newborn Health

Mobile health, or “mHealth”, seeks to address the use of mobile technology to provide health services and information. Due to the increased risk in a child’s life during those weeks after birth, mHealth technologies can be utilized through referral and tracking of mothers and infants, decision support for CHW, CHW supervision, scheduling and tracking postpartum and postnatal visits, and teaching and counseling for mothers and families, among other uses. These case studies from Afghanistan, India, Malawi, and Indonesia reflect some of these uses. 

Evaluation of a mHealth Data Quality Intervention to Improve Documentation of Pregnancy Outcomes by Health Surveillance Assistants in Malawi: A Cluster Randomized Trial

As community health workers gain more and more responsibility amidst shortages of skilled health workers, mobile technology for health (mHealth) is becoming more popular for health care delivery around the globe. In order to better understand the role mHealth applications have among CHWs, researchers tested whether short message services (SMS) could improve the reporting of pregnancies and pregnancy outcomes among CHWs. Findings from a cluster-randomized intervention show that groups that received motivational SMS, with or without data quality SMS, improved documentation of pregnancies.

Enhancing the Supervision of Community Health Workers With WhatsApp Mobile Messaging: Qualitative Findings From 2 Low-Resource Settings in Kenya

Using the popular mobile application WhatsApp, a mobile learning intervention was developed and designed to strengthen supervisory support for CHWs in Kenya. 6 months of conversations were analyzed and CHWs and supervisors interviewed to determine how WhatsApp was used in these settings. This preliminary data suggests that CHWs and their supervisors can be effectively trained to tailor their communication in ways that will improve supervisory support, however further research should be conducted.

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