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Care Groups: Summary of the Child Survival Outcomes Achieved Using Volunteer CHWs in Resource-Constrained Settings

When implemented by strong international NGOs with adequate funding, Care Groups have been remarkably effective in increasing population coverage of key child survival interventions at a low cost.

Care Groups: An Innovative Community-Based Strategy for Improving Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health

New approaches are urgently needed that can be applied in settings with weak health systems and a scarcity of human resources for health. The Care Group approach uses facilitators, who are a lower-level cadre of paid workers, to work with groups of 12 or so volunteers (the Care Group), and each...

Professionalizing Under-Recognized Cadres to Strengthen Health Systems

Social service and supply chain personnel are two cadres of health workers that often lack support and a voice in the health system, hindering their education, career development and professional growth. Yet social service workers form a vital safety net for children and families made vulnerable by...

Developing and Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs at Scale

The CHW Reference Guide is designed for new CHW programs that are beginningthe planning process as well as for existing programs that are being strengthened or scaled up.

Strategic Partnering to Improve Community Health Worker Programming & Performance

There is robust evidence that community health workers (CHWs) in low- and middle-income (LMIC) countries can improve their clients’ health and well-being. The evidence on proven strategies to enhance and sustain CHW performance at scale, however, is limited. Nevertheless, CHW stakeholders need...

Helping Children Who Are Deaf: Support for Parents and Caregivers

Hesperian's Children's Disability Set covers all the major areas of physical disability in children, offering fun and useful therapy techniques, skills for daily living, and methods of low-cost rehabilitation aids. This chapter from "Helping Children Who Are Deaf", "Support for Parents and...

Impact of Health Systems Strengthening on Health

This report is a literature review that found that strengthening health services at the community-level, services integration and training the workforce to improve service delivery, including social services, has reduced mobidity and mortality and led to an uptick in healthy behaviors.

SUNRISE OVC 2010-2015 Memoir

This report reviews the project results and key interventions from the SUNRISE project, which includes strengthening of the social service workforce at government and community levels.

Leveraging the Social Determinants of Health: What Works?

The report includes a review of the health impact of partnerships between health care and social services.

Chronic and Integrated Care in Catalonia

The Health Plan for Catalonia 2011–2015 outlines measures for integrating care provided by health and social service workers for a new integrated care model to achieve better health outcomes. The article outlines an ‘integrated care’ vision within the health sector, but also includes initial...

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