approach has the potential to make an impact at a community level, and may need to expand to include all women of childbearing age, not just pregnant women and those in the immediate postpartum period.
Community health workers (CHWs
) are local inhabitants and trained to serve the people of their respective community for basic public health and nutrition services.
in particular are the backbone of Rwanda's health system.
One area where CHWs
could make an impact is in vitamin A supplementation.
The program will be coordinated by Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, a seasoned organization who led the adoption of Illinois first CHW
Whereas we can argue that CHWs
fully depend on soft skills, the balance of authority to speak on the subject, verifiable training on the issue at hand and undoubted intentions for the community are vital in their work.
Health education and counseling program and follow up of expectant women by CHWs
in intervention site was effective in increasing the number of women delivering under SBC in intervention site compared to control site.
have an interesting potential for the development of innovative actions, consistent with their "hybrid and polyphonic" profile: being at the same time natives of the community and endo-cultured professionals primarily trained on the biomedical model (13).
Before taking up the DHB role, she had worked for six years as nurse lead at the South Seas Healthcare clinic in Otara, where she helped lead a team of nurses and CHWs
. Trying to attract nurses to the new service was a challenge, she said, as most Pacific nurses choose to work in secondary care and have little or no PHC experience.
As availability of telephone and internet access has improved there are now reports of mobile technology being used to assist CHWs
particularly related to delivering prenatal care and family planning services.
ROKHA DISTRICT: Saeed, who is from Dara Abshar district, is at the Rokha DH because of the public awareness campaigns conducted by voluntary Community Health Workers (CHWs