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

Diabetes management training for female community health volunteers in Western Nepal: an implementation experience

This study evaluates a community-based diabetes management program involving female community health volunteers (FCHVs) under the government run FCHVs program. 

Community health workers: to train or to restrain? A longitudinal survey to assess the impact of training community health workers in the Bolama Region, Guinea-Bissau

With a shortage of health human resources in Guinea-Bissau, CHWs play an essential role in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood diarrheal diseases. This paper seeks to evaluate the short-term effects of training on CHWs’ performance diagnosing and treating diarrheal diseases in children under 5 years old and the accuracy of such diagnosis at 1 and 3 months after training.

Training community healthcare workers on the use of information and communication technologies: a randomised controlled trial of traditional versus blended learning in Malawi, Africa

This paper examines the feasibility of incorporating distance mLearning (mobile learning) as part of a blended learning program in Malawi. Through questionnaires, CHWs’ knowledge and attitudes towards computers and mobile technology was assessed. The ‘Introduction to Information and Communication Technology and eHealth’ (ICT and eHealth) course was created to compare the effectiveness of traditional and blended learning courses in improving CHW knowledge and attitudes towards computers and mobile technology. CHW satisfaction and experience with the courses was also assessed.

Smartphones for community health in rural Cambodia: A feasibility study [version 1; referees: 1 approved, 2 approved with reservations]

Village Malaria Workers (VMWs) in rural Cambodia play an essential role in surveillance and early treatment of malaria. This study evaluates the feasibility of VMWs using smartphone-based reporting for malaria, and a bespoke Android-powered app.

“I am not telling. The mobile is telling”: Factors influencing the outcomes of a community health worker mHealth intervention in India

This mixed-methods study assesses a CHW-utilized mHealth platform, Mobile for Mothers, in India. It analyzes CHW perceptions of the technology and its usefulness, outcomes and the contextual factors that influence health seeking behavior. 

Effectiveness of a Community Health Worker-Led Diabetes Intervention among Older and Younger Latino Participants: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial

Older Latino adults experience a higher incidence of multiple coexisting medical conditions than non-Hispanics and whites and face barriers to diabetes self-management.  The results of this REACH Detroit CHW randomized control intervention suggests that CHWs may be effective in reducing barriers to diabetes self-management.  Using descriptive analysis and multiple linear regression, the study evaluates the effects of a six-month CHW intervention on older Latinos versus younger participants. 

Piloting a mental health training programme for community health workers in South Africa: an exploration of changes in knowledge, confidence and attitudes

Despite psychiatric disorders contributing to a significant portion of the global disease burden, insufficient access to mental health services is widespread.  This study examined its CHW mental health training program, developed in close collaboration with the Western Cape Department of Health, and evaluates the program’s success in improving the knowledge, skill and confidence among trained CHWs and expanding access to mental health services.

Role of Monetary Incentives on Motivation and Retention of Community Health Workers: An Experience in a Kenyan Community

Retaining trained CHWs is a challenge faced by many  countries. This study assesses the role of monetary incentives on motivation and retention of CHWs in Kibwezi Sub-county, Kenya. 

Effect of a Community Health Worker Led Health Education Intervention on Latrine Coverage in Mwingi West Sub-County; Kenya: A Quasi-Experiment

With low latrine coverage in Kenya, there is a high prevalence of hygiene and sanitation related illnesses. This study assesses the effects of a CHW-led intervention, on latrine coverage in Mwingi West Sub-County, Kitui County-Kenya. 

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.

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