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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. 

What encourages community health workers to use mobile technologies for health interventions? Emerging lessons from rural Rwanda

As access to mobile technologies expands, improving their effective use is key to strengthening data. This article discusses emerging lessons from rural Rwanda on CHW use of mobile technologies for health interventions. Technical characteristics such as reminders and alerts were seen to be the strongest predictors towards use, while user characteristic (age) did not influence use. Programme characteristics, specifically supervision and training, had mixed findings.

Quality of care for treatment of uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition delivered by community health workers in a rural area of Mali

This article presents findings from a study of treatment of uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition by community health workers in rural Mali. Key findings indicate that well-trained and supervised CHWs are capable of managing cases of uncomplicated SAM, there is an opportunity to increase access to quality treatment in Mali for SAM, and that resources needed to ensure continuous service should be further explored. 

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.

Community Health Workers

This report details the history and current state of CHW programs around the world and highlights the importance of sustainability and improving CHW performance. 

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. 

Diabetes training for community health workers on an American Indian reservation

A new quality improvement program to increase the knowledge and skills of community health on an American Indian Reservation related to diabetes was tested. The authors found that the program improved knowledge and management of diabetes.

Ongoing training of community health workers in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic scoping review of the literature

This literature review examines the training of community health workers in low-income and middle-income counties with special attention to detailing current delivery implementation and evaluation of training provision.

Malaria training for community health workers in the setting of elimination: a qualitative study from China

This qualitative study uses interviews to examine the perceptions and expectations of community health workers on malaria training programs in China. 

Quality of care in integrated community case management services in Bugoye, Uganda: a retrospective observational study

This retrospective observational study examined the quality of integrated community case management (iCCM) care given by village health workers in five villages in Bugoye subcounty in Uganda. For malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhoea the quality of care was high, though the overall quality of care was lower. There is an increase in quality of care after the implementation of iCCM services.

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