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

Strengthening the Healthy Start Workforce: A Mixed-Methods Study to Understand the Roles of Community Health Workers in Healthy Start and Inform the Development of a Standardized Training Program

Healthy Start (HS) is a program dedicated to preventing infant mortality, improving birth outcomes, and reducing maternal and infant health disparities. This mixed-methods study researched how CHWs, an essential part of the HS workforce, provide for families and communities and inform the development of a standardized training program. 

The roles, training and knowledge of community health workers about diabetes and hypertension in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

This cross-sectional study assessed the current roles, training, and knowledge of CHWs about diabetes and hypertension in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. One hundred and fifty CHWs from two non-governmental organisations required to provide non-communicable disease care as part of a comprehensive package of services were interviewed. Results indicate that roles were broad and varied, training was seen to be unstandardized and haphazard, and basic knowledge about diabetes and hypertension was poor among the CHWs.

Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Community Health Workers: A Call to Action

This policy brief provides evidence-based recommendations to support community-based CHW services with sufficient resources to address social determinants of health. The goal of these recommendations is to increase the establishment of healthcare policies related to CHW services for communities facing health inequities. 

Challenging orthodoxies: The road ahead for health and human rights

This blog examines human rights within the field of health care. Specific to community health workers (CHWs), it discusses the payment of CHWs within an ethical framework.

Optimal mode for delivery of seasonal malaria chemoprevention in Ouelessebougou, Mali: A cluster randomized trial

This research article examined the best way to deliver seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) treatment. The authors found that door-to-door delivery provided better coverage than fixed-point delivery, while directly observed therapy (which uses more resources) did not improve coverage. Community health workers deliver SMC treatment through door-to-door and fixed-point delivery.

Comprehensive review of the evidence regarding the effectiveness of community–based primary health care in improving maternal, neonatal and child health: 7. shared characteristics of projects with evidence of long–term mortality impact

This is chapter 7 of Engaging Communities for Improving Mothers’ and Children’s Health: Reviewing the Evidence of Effectiveness in Resource-Constrained Settings. This chapter identifies common characteristics of projects that have a long-term mortality impact with regards to maternal, neonatal, and child health.

 

Comprehensive review of the evidence regarding the effectiveness of community–based primary health care in improving maternal, neonatal and child health: 6. strategies used by effective projects

This is chapter 6 of Engaging Communities for Improving Mothers’ and Children’s Health: Reviewing the Evidence of Effectiveness in Resource-Constrained Settings. This chapter identifies common strategies used by effective projects that promoted maternal, neonatal and child health through community-based primary health care.

 

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.  

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