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

Work of community health agents in the Family Health Strategy: meta-synthesis

This review looks at the perception of Brazilian community health agents about their work and outlines the difficulties and positive aspects in their daily work. 

Abortion Care in Nepal, 15 Years After Legalization: Gaps in Access, Equity, and Quality

This paper discusses the role of community health workers in facilitating safe, legal abortions and addressing the stigma surrounding abortions. 

Effect of self-administration versus provider-administered injection of subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate on continuation rates in Malawi: a randomised controlled trial

This study looked at the continuation rates of women who self-injected contraceptives (specifically subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate) versus women who were injected by a health care provider, which included community health workers. The paper concluded that women who self-injected were more likely to continue and suggested promoting the ability to self-inject.

Comprehensive review of the evidence regarding the effectiveness of community–based primary health care in improving maternal, neonatal and child health: 5. equity effects for neonates and children

This is chapter 5 of Engaging Communities for Improving Mothers’ and Children’s Health: Reviewing the Evidence of Effectiveness in Resource-Constrained Settings. This chapter investigates the distribution of investments with regards to the most disadvantaged children in a population. 

Comprehensive review of the evidence regarding the effectiveness of community–based primary health care in improving maternal, neonatal and child health: 4. child health findings

This is chapter 4 of Engaging Communities for Improving Mothers’ and Children’s Health: Reviewing the Evidence of Effectiveness in Resource-Constrained Settings. This chapter is a review of community–based primary health care programs, projects, and research studies that aimed to improve child health after the neonatal period.  

Comprehensive review of the evidence regarding the effectiveness of community–based primary health care in improving maternal, neonatal and child health: 3. neonatal health findings

This is chapter 3 of Engaging Communities for Improving Mothers’ and Children’s Health: Reviewing the Evidence of Effectiveness in Resource-Constrained Settings. This chapter is a review of community–based primary health care programs, projects, and research studies that aimed to improve health of newborns during their first 28 days of life.

A comprehensive review of the evidence regarding the effectiveness of community–based primary health care in improving maternal, neonatal and child health: 2. maternal health findings

This is chapter 2 of Engaging Communities for Improving Mothers’ and Children’s Health: Reviewing the Evidence of Effectiveness in Resource-Constrained Settings. This chapter is a review of community–based primary health care programs, projects, and research studies that aimed to improve maternal, neonatal, and child health. Specifically, this chapter covers maternal health findings.

Expanding the population coverage of evidence–based interventions with community health workers to save the lives of mothers and children: an analysis of potential global impact using the Lives Saved Tool (LiST)

This paper investigates the effect of expanding the population coverage of evidence-based interventions that community health workers provide outside of facilities. Using the Lives Saved Tool, the authors examined 73 countries and estimated that, if population coverage was expanded to 90%, 6.9 million lives of mothers and their children under the age of 5 could be saved during the period from 2016 to 2020.

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.

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