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

Saving Women's Lives: Community Health Workers Are Key in Rwanda

This success story demonstrates how CHWs can play a crucial role in educating women and families about basic health needs and maternal and newborn care. In Rwanda, the MOH uses CHWs to improve MCH; nearly 12,000 were trained by the US Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) to strengthen their  knowledge of emergency obstetric and newborn care and active management of the third stage of labor to improve MCH care.

CRS Guide to Working with Volunteers

Volunteers are essential to many organizations. This guide is designed to help country programs address programmatic issues surrounding volunteer engagement such as: roles and responsibilities, incentives, recruitment, training and supervision. It includes checklists, tools and frameworks that can be adapted to local contexts to help organizations standardize how they work with volunteers.

Human Resources for Health in Maternal, Neonatal, and Reproductive Health at the Community Level: A Synthesis of the Literature with a focus on the Asia Pacific Region

This literature review provides examples of lessons learned in the planning, implementation and evaluation of HRH interventions in maternal, neonatal and reproductive health (MNRH) at the community level in the Asia and Pacific regions. The review outlines interventions in the areas of HRH policy, management, and education and training. It synthesizes what are considered effective ways of working with the community and ways towards building supportive environments for health workers.

Faith-Based Organizations as Partners in Family Planning: Working together to improve family well-being

Religious leaders and individual congregations are often important gatekeepers in disseminating reproductive health messages and influencing positive behavior change in communities. This report reflects the interest among many diverse actors within the Christian and Muslim communities to expand access to family planning information and services as well as the interest of secular health organizations in partnering with faith groups to multiply each other's reach and influence.

Effect of Implementation of Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) Programme on Neonatal and Infant Mortality: cluster randomised controlled trial

This cluster randomized controlled trial assesses the effectiveness of the Integrated Management of Neonatal Childhood Illness (IMNCI) strategy in Haryana, India. The IMNCI model utilizes CHWs in the treatment of sick newborns and children and also incorporates home visits for early newborn care. The study concludes that the implementation of the IMNCI resulted in substantial improvement in infant survival and in neonatal survival in those born at home. The authors conclude the IMNCI should be a part of India's strategy to achieve the MDG on child survival.

Multidisciplinary Care Teams: Report of an IAPAC Consultation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

A multidisciplinary care team can be defined as a partnership among health care workers of different disciplines inside and outside the health sector and the community with the goal of providing quality continuous, comprehensive and efficient health services. This report explores the potential of introducing multidisciplinary care teams into sub-Saharan health care settings in an effort to scale up access to antiretroviral therapy and to achieve efficiencies in the use of existing financial and human resources for health.

World Vision: Peer Education Training Summary Report

This report reviews World Vision's training and support for peer educators in  a school-based peer-led HIV prevention programme in three provinces of South Africa. The methodology is based on the Centre for the Support of Peer Education (CSPE) philosophy which encourages the use of peer educators to reach beneficiaries. Lessons learned are presented.

Role Development of Community Health Workers

This study reviews research on CHW programs and concludes there is an inconsistent reporting of selection and training processes for CHWs in the existing literature. It presents a conceptual model  for the role development of CHWs to guide future reporting of CHW programs in the intervention literature.

Community Health Worker Intervention to Decrease Cervical Cancer Disparities in Hispanic Women

This study presents the results of  a randomized trial of a promotora-led education intervention focused on cervical caner in a local South Philadelphia Hispanic community. The findings suggest that CHWs can provide a novel and culturally-appropriate model for addressing racial and ethnic health disparities in underserved populations.

Community health workers: Bringing family planning services to where people live and work

CHWs provide health education, referral and follow up, case management, and basic preventive health care and home visiting services to specific communities. They provide support and assistance to individuals and families in navigating the health and social services system.

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