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RESOURCES

The CHW Hub is a product of the partnership between CHW Central and the Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Supporting and Strengthening the Role of Community Health Workers in Health System Development.

A five year quality initiative by some of the field’s most innovative implementers to catalyze the adoption of high-impact community health systems design.

This WHO strategy is primarily aimed at planners and policy-makers of Member States, but its contents are of value to all relevant stakeholders in the health workforce area.

This USAID report highlights promising country examples worthy of emulation and is intended for the consideration of country program planners, policymakers, implementers, and donors supporting large-scale CHW programs.

In this policy analysis, the Frontline Health Workers Coalition calls for governments and all stakeholders to come together to advocate for and deliver the data on health workers, including CHWs, that will foster the enabling policy environments and programs needed to address the most severe access gaps. 

This publication reviews the current best evidence on optimal training and working conditions for CHWs. 

As more money is devoted to health, the question becomes one of better health for the money. Achieving this requires a clearer understanding of spending patterns in relation to the goal of UHC.

This tool, developed by UNICEF in partnership with MSH, helps planners and managers determine the costs and finances of implementing comprehensive community health services packages.

Developed by the Financing Alliance for Health, this curriculum gives an overview of six key steps of financing a community health system.

This brief broadly summarize existing information on the costs and cost-effectiveness of community-delivered reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health interventions.

Addressing health workforce shortage, maldistribution and performance challenges is essential for progress towards all health-related goals, including UHC.

Investment priorities to scale primary care at the community level

There has been a resurgence of interest in national CHW programs in low- and middle-income countries. A lack of strong research evidence persists, however, about the most efficient and effective strategies to ensure optimal, sustained performance of CHWs at scale. The authors have developed a generic CHW logic model that proposes a theoretical causal pathway to improved performance.

This tool can be used to identify design and implementation gaps in both small- and national-scale CHW programs, and close gaps in policy and practice.

The report finds that investment in CHW programs can deliver a high economic return—up to 10:1—and calls on government leaders, international financers, donors, and the global health community broadly to take specific actions to support the financing and scale up of CHW programs across sub-Saharan Africa.

Community Health Workers were shown to provide a range of preventive interventions for Maternal and Child Health in low- and middle-income countries with some evidence of effective strategies.

Originally published in May 2014 by USAID’s
flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, the original nearly 500-page guide was created in response to
the rapid increase in and expansion of CHW programs in low- and middle-income countries over the past decade. CHW Central has condensed the original guide into this 55-page summary.

This report summarises current research findings concerning the effectiveness of community-based primary health care (CBPHC) in improving the health of children in high-mortality, resource-poor settings around the world. 

Scaling up CHW programming to increase population-level coverage of life-saving interventions represents a very promising strategy to achieve universal health coverage and end preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030. 

Evidence concerning CHW program effectiveness can help policymakers identify a range of options to consider. 

The current drive towards universal health coverage (UHC) presents an opportunity to enhance people’s access to health services and their trust, demand and use of such services through CHWs. For their potential to be fully realized, however, CHWs will need to be better integrated into national health-care systems in terms of employment, supervision, support and career development.

This paper examines various incentives used to motivate and retain community health workers, particularly those working in child health and nutrition programs in developing countries.

This tool is a resource to amplify our mutual voice and to make sure that community health programs are the focal point of the UHC movement and hard-to-reach populations are not left behind.

The UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on UHC, held on September 23, 2019, during the United Nations General Assembly, was the most significant political meeting held on UHC to date.

This resource defines a Viable, Integrated Community Health Platform, and explains how MCSP introduces and supports high-impact health interventions in 24 USAID priority countries to end preventable child and maternal deaths.