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

A conceptual framework for measuring community health workforce performance within primary health care systems

Management of CHW programs requires better data collection approaches at the community level. This paper describes a framework and proposes a list of metrics to monitor CHW performance in low- and middle-income countries. 

Optimising the performance of frontline implementers engaged in the NTD programme in Nigeria: lessons for strengthening community health systems for universal health coverage

Successful attainment of Neglected Tropical Disease goals and other health interventions depends on maximizing frontline implementers’ performance. This study aimed to capture and translate knowledge, problems and solutions, identified by implementers, to enhance NTD program delivery at the community level in Nigeria.

Core Competencies and a Workforce Framework for Community Health Workers: A Model for Advancing the Profession

Through a detailed review of the literature, the authors of this article attempt to establish a validated, standardized set of core competencies for community health workers (CHWs) and a linked workforce framework . 
 

Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM): Updated Program Functionality Matrix for Optimizing Community Health Programs

To support quality CHW program design and implementation, USAID, UNICEF, the Community Health Impact Coalition, and Initiatives Inc. have updated and adapted the Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM) Program Functionality Matrix tool. This tool can be applied at district, regional, and national levels to identify and close gaps in design and implementation and, ultimately, enhance program performance.

A new era for community health in countries of low and middle income?

How will we address the predicted worldwide shortage of over 14 million health workers by 2030?  At the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland in 2015, a 4-year US$100 million fund supporting Last Mile Health and Living Goods to train 50,000 CHWs in six countries was launched. This commentary details the goals and challenges of such an initiative.

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. 

The effect of clustering on lot quality assurance sampling: a probabilistic model to calculate sample sizes for quality assessments

This paper uses a newly developed general framework to create a cluster lot quality assurance sampling (C-LQAS) system. This method for creating a C-LQAS system is used to design data quality assessments for a community health worker program in Rwanda.

Performance of community health workers: situating their intermediary position within complex adaptive health systems

This review provides a conceptual framework on CHW performance in low- and middle-income counties. The paper outlines several key factors that should be focused on to improve CHW performance.

Harmonizing community-based health worker programs for HIV: a narrative review and analytic framework

This narrative review covers literature on the harmonization of CHW programs for HIV. Additionally, the paper provides a potential analytic framework for harmonizing CHW programs addressing HIV.

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