Strengthening CHW Programs

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...

Improving community health worker performance and productivity: Findings from USAID-supported studies in Swaziland and Uganda

Community health workers (CHWs) play an essential role in HIV prevention, care, and treatment by improving linkages between those that need care and those that can provide it and by supporting retention in care and self-management for...

Sustaining CHW Programs in the HIV Response: Lessons Learned from the United States

Community health workers (CHWs) have an important role in the HIV response globally, especially to increase coverage, uptake, and retention of HIV services at the community level, to reach the 90-90-90 targets. In HIV-burdened countries,...

Empowering health workers to improve health and nutrition services for males and females in Zambia

Elizabeth Romanoff Silva

USAID ASSIST Project/WI-HER

Last month I had the opportunity to travel to Zambia to provide gender technical assistance to the USAID ASSIST-supported nutrition assessment, counseling and support (NACS) services. Gender inequality is a major factor affecting vulnerability to malnutrition, especially for people living with HIV, so I was especially interested in working with health workers to identify the different issues preventing males and females from accessing services, issues affecting their nutrition status, and to identify the root causes preventing improved nutrition among women, men, girls and boys, and developing changes to test to find solutions.

Supporting close-to-community providers through a community health system approach: case examples from Ethiopia and Tanzania

This Case Study, published in Human Resources for Health (2015) 13:12, describes how the Community Health System Strengthening model, developed with support from PEPFAR as a strategy to improve community health worker performance, was...

A Community Health Worker “logic model”: towards a theory of enhanced performance in low- and middle-income countries

This article published in Human Resources for Health (2014; 12:56 doi:10.1186/1478-4491-12-56) describes a generic logic model for community health worker (CHW) performance that posits that optimal CHW performance is a function of high...

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