Community Health Workers

Report of Training Needs Assessment for Community Health Workers in South-South Geopolitical Region of Nigeria

One of the recommendations from a 2013 CapacityPlus assessment of PEPFAR-funded in-service training in Nigeria was to ensure broader access to new developments in knowledge and technology, as well as sustainability of training, by integrating the in-service training contents into preservice education curricula and continuing professional development programs. This assessment explored community health extension worker and community health officer perceptions of globally-accepted competency domains for public health practitioners across the areas of importance, and confidence in their ability to demonstrate those competencies. To corroborate findings at the domain level, the assessment also assessed these health workers at the individual skill/ability levels, which are mapped to the competency domain areas. Need scores were calculated for each competency domain and individual skill/ability levels. A need score ranking placed the need for computer and information technology access and skills as the top priority among health workers who participated in the study. Financial planning and management and public health science skills ranked a close second and third. Read more »

Preservice Education of Community Health Extension Workers, Nurses, and Midwives in Nigeria: Findings and Recommendations from a Rapid Scoping Assessment

Using a modified version of the CapacityPlus Bottlenecks and Best Buys approach, CapacityPlus assessed 19 institutions training targeted health cadres. The intent was to find areas where support by CapacityPlus could assist Nigerian training institutions to maximize the number of newly trained health workers produced between August 2012 and October 2013. Based on the findings, the assessment team recommended six possible activities for CapacityPlus support to schools of midwifery and health technology. (The project subsequently acted on these recommendations in close collaboration with Nigerian stakeholders.)

Recruitment of Community Health Workers

This chapter by CapacityPlus/IntraHealth International authors appears in MCHIP’s publication, Developing and Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs at Scale: A Reference Guide and Case Studies for Program Managers and Policymakers, which provides an in-depth review of issues and questions that should be considered when addressing key issues relevant for large-scale community health worker programs. Chapter 8 considers key questions, recommendations, and challenges for community health worker recruitment planning and implementation, including selection, resource availability, and retention.

Tools, Evidence, and Research Gaps for More Effective Community Health Worker Performance and Productivity

This presentation guided an interactive roundtable discussion at the CapacityPlus knowledge-sharing and dissemination event, Supporting Country-Led Efforts to Recruit and Retain Health Workers and Improve Their Productivity, held on February 18, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Community Health Workers for Universal Health Care Coverage: From Fragmentation to Synergy

This article—in a special issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization launched at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health—explores the important role of community health workers in the effort to achieve universal health coverage. A range of current challenges related to inconsistent support for community health workers and failure to integrate them into national health systems has limited their potential contributions to primary health care. The article emphasizes the need for stronger public-sector leadership and more synergy among partners in better supporting and integrating community health workers as integral members of health teams that can increase accessibility and use of services.

“I’m a Health Worker”

This series of one-minute videos features health workers around the world who speak from the heart about their jobs. CapacityPlus created this series to highlight how the project places health workers at the center of its efforts to address the global health workforce shortage.

Les agents de santé communautaires

Comment les pays peuvent-ils rapidement accroître leurs effectifs sanitaires ?

Increasing Community Health Worker Productivity and Effectiveness: A Review of the Influence of the Work Environment

Community health workers (CHWs) are increasingly recognized as a critical link in improving access to services and achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals. Given the financial and human resources constraints in developing countries, CHWs are expected to do more without necessarily receiving the needed support to do their jobs well. This article in Human Resources for Health presents policy-makers and program managers with key considerations for a model to improve the work environment as an important approach to increase CHW productivity and, ultimately, the effectiveness of community-based strategies.

Community Health Workers

How can countries more rapidly increase their health workforce? This brief presents an overview of issues related to community health workers and human resources for health along with suggested actions, key considerations, and resources. Also available in French.

Prestataires de soins et croissance démographique : Comment mieux répondre aux besoins de la communauté

Scott Radloff, le directeur du bureau de l’USAID pour les populations et la santé de la reproduction, nous parle des stratégies ayant permis aux communautés dans le besoin d’accéder à des services de soins intégrés.

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