Measuring productivity and its relationship to community health worker performance in Uganda: a cross-sectional study
The Ugandan Ministry of Health (MoH) established Village Health Teams (VHT) to empower communities to take part in the decisions that affect their health. In Busia District these teams, comprised entirely of volunteers, are responsible for mobilizing their communities for health programs and strengthening the delivery of health services at the household level, especially for people living with HIV.
Tasks that these community health volunteers perform are critical and life-saving, such as:
- mapping HIV patients in the community; linking patients to care;
- engaging community groups to provide HIV patients with nutritional, psychosocial and financial support; and
- supporting patient self-care through health goal setting.
This study, funded by PEPFAR through USAID, explores the relationship between productivity of community health volunteers and their performance. It aims to contribute to the global evidence on strategies to improve community health worker/volunteer (CHW/CHV) productivity and performance with an eye toward better understanding factors that could increase their effectiveness given the essential role that CHWs and CHVs play in health systems worldwide.