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What do community health workers have to say about their work, and how can this inform improved programme design? A case study with CHWs within Kenya

Oliver, M; Geniets, A; Winters, N; Rega, I; Mbae, SM; (2015) What do community health workers have to say about their work, and how can this inform improved programme design? A case study with CHWs within Kenya. Global Health Action , 8 10.3402/gha.v8.27168. Green open access

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Abstract

Community health workers (CHWs) are used increasingly in the world to address shortages of health workers and the lack of a pervasive national health system. However, while their role is often described at a policy level, it is not clear how these ideals are instantiated in practice, how best to support this work, or how the work is interpreted by local actors. CHWs are often spoken about or spoken for, but there is little evidence of CHWs’ own characterisation of their practice, which raises questions for global health advocates regarding power and participation in CHW programmes. This paper addresses this issue.

Type: Article
Title: What do community health workers have to say about their work, and how can this inform improved programme design? A case study with CHWs within Kenya
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3402/gha.v8.27168
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/gha.v8.27168
Additional information: Copyright: © 2015 Martin Oliver et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.
Keywords: community health workers; medical supervision; clinical referral; close-to-community
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473132
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