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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.

Innovation in health service delivery: integrating community health assistants into the health system at district level in Zambia

This paper explores the factors that shaped the acceptability and adoption of community health assistants (CHAs) into the health system at the district level in Zambia. Using thematic analysis, data was collected through a review of documents, 6 focus group discussions with community leaders, and 12 key informant interviews with CHA trainers, supervisors and members of the District Health Management Team. Results found a perceived relative advantage of CHAs over existing community-based health workers in terms of their quality of training and scope of responsibilities.

The Influence of Community Health Resources on Effectiveness and Sustainability of Community and Lay Health Worker Programs in Lower-Income Countries: A Systematic Review

This review explores the current evidence available to assess if increased levels of integration of community health resources in CHW programs leads to higher program effectiveness and sustainability. 32 articles were chosen for an extensive review, complemented by analysis of the results of 15 other review studies. Analysis found no quantitative data and minimal inclusion of even basic community level indicators.

Case Studies of Large-Scale Community Health Worker Programs

This resource from USAID and MCHIP provides an overview of large-scale CHW programs from 13 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Case studies address the historical context of CHWs, the health needs of the country, the scope of work of the CHWs, CHW training, support and supervision, and financing of CHW programs. The demonstrated impact and continuing challenges of the different programs are also addressed.

Implementation research on community health workers’ provision of maternal and child health services in rural Liberia

This paper assesses the change in the use of essential maternal and child health services in Konobo, Liberia after the implementation of an enhanced CHW program. Last Mille Health, a nongovernmental organization, partnered with the Liberian Ministry of Health to pilot the CHW program. The program had enhanced recruitment, training, supervision, and compensation. Researchers conducted cross-sectional cluster surveys before and after the program implementation.

Who is a community health worker? — a systematic review of definitions

This review article explores the various definitions and descriptions of CHWs in the literature. It also identifies common themes in these definitions to better understand the essential characteristics of health workers classified as CHWs and to distinguish them from other healthcare providers. By describing the various categories of CHWs, this resource helps to clarify the use of the term to ultimately aid key stakeholders in community health program planning, policy, and research.

 

Improving the quality of care of children in community clinics: an intervention and evaluation in Bangladesh

Using a newly developed case-management job aid based upon the WHO Integrated Management of Childhood Illness guide, community health care providers (CHCPs) in Bangladesh were trained to measure changes in knowledge. After the training, the CHCPs clearly improved their knowledge and provided better quality care to patients. Results from this study could be used to improve community health programs in other communities, particularly in those that are struggling with poor quality care.  

Mobile Health (mHealth) Approaches and Lessons for Increased Performance and Retention of CHWs in Low and Middle-Income Countries: A Review

​This publication aimed to conduct a thematic review of how mHealth projects have approached the intersection of cellular technology and public health in low- and middle-income countries and identify the promising practices and experiences learned, as well as novel and innovative approaches of how mHealth can support community health workers.

Monitoring iCCM: a feasibility study of the indicator guide for monitoring and evaluating integrated community case management

Most countries in sub-Saharan Africa have now adopted integrated community case management (iCCM) of common childhood illnesses as a strategy to improve child health. In March 2014, the iCCM Task Force published an Indicator Guide for Monitoring and Evaluating iCCM: a ‘menu’ of recommended indicators with globally agreed definitions and methodology, to guide countries in developing robust iCCM monitoring systems. The Indicator Guide was conceived as an evolving document that would incorporate collective experience and learning as iCCM programmes them- selves evolve.

USAID Community Health Framework: Distilling decades of Agency experience to drive 2030 Global Goals

The community health framework is intended to support Ministries of Health in developing and strengthening programs for improved community health outcomes. The intention is for USAID missions and other advisors to use the framework to structure a dialogue, develop recommendations, and foster continuous learning with Ministries of Health. This presentation is a fantastic resource for understanding and supporting community health programs and networks. 

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