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

The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog

The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog is a one-stop ‘shop’ for information on community health policies and programs across 25 countries, including extensive information on CHWs. Developed in 2014 and updated in 2017, it provides policymakers, program managers, researchers and donors with policy data to advance community health research, programming, and advocacy efforts. The CHS Catalog includes 25 country profiles, a set of infographics, and a summary of cross-country policy and program trends.

Community Health Policy Matters

APC’s Community Health Policy Matters video tells the story of fictional characters Winnie and Mary, and how a fragmented health system affects each woman’s ability to access family planning services in her respective community. This animated video highlights how policy can improve the health system for women.

Can community health workers play a greater role in increasing access to medical abortion services? A qualitative study

This qualitative study explores the acceptability, perspectives and preferences of women and CHWs in Rajasthan, India, regarding the involvement of CHWs in medical abortion referrals.

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.

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