Health and Nutrition for Displaced Populations

Findings on health and nutrition management of protracted population displacement include: A synthesis of food assistance programme evaluations finds unacceptably high numbers of refugees were food-insecure, women more so than men. A review of nutrition indicators evaluating performance of nutrition programmes in more than 90 camps in 18 countries found supplementary and therapeutic feeding programmes… Read more

Working with community health volunteers to design and implement a mobile-based training tool for the assessment of child development

The critical role of community health volunteers (CHVs) in promoting good health practices in Sub-Saharan Africa is well known. Systematic reviews have shown that CHV performance and their integration with the primary healthcare system are improved when sufficient priority is given to on-going supervision and feedback. However, providing this on-going support is challenging.  First, supervisory… Read more

“Working for health is equal to a pastor who works for God” – an update on REACHOUT in Mozambique

The REACHOUT programme is an ambitious international research project helping to understand and develop the role of close-to-community providers of health care in preventing, diagnosing, and treating major illnesses and health conditions in rural and urban areas in Africa and Asia. The REACHOUT consortium is composed of eight partners and is co-ordinated by the Liverpool School… Read more

Innovative Community-Based Approaches Doubled Tuberculosis Case Notification and Improve Treatment Outcome in Southern Ethiopia

A community-based TB intervention package was implemented in Sidama zone, Ethiopia. The package included advocacy, training, engaging stakeholders and communities and active case-finding by female Health Extension Workers (HEWs) at village level. HEWs conducted house-to-house visits, identified individuals with a cough for two or more weeks, with or without other symptoms, collected sputum, prepared smears… Read more

Community Health Workers and Mobile Technology: A Systematic Review of the Literature

Community health workers have used mobile tools to advance a broad range of health aims throughout the globe, particularly maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health. Most commonly, community health workers use mobile technology to collect field-based health data, receive alerts and reminders, facilitate health education sessions, and conduct person-to-person communication. Programmatic… Read more

Voice and accountability in the health sector

Useful sources on assessment of voice and accountability (V&A) include: a systematic review on health facility committees, a review of community accountability at peripheral health facilities, a technical brief on strengthening V&A in health sector, and assessment of health centre committees on performance and resource allocation. Assessment of specific initiatives include: schemes in Burundi, health… Read more

Malaria control in schools in Mali: Results from a Cluster Randomized Control Trial in Sikasso Region, Mali

The goal of the national Malaria control programme in Mali is to reduce malaria related morbidity and mortality by 80% by 2015 from 2005 rates, by ensuring: universal coverage of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs) and prompt diagnosis and treatment of malaria; and by developing community-based interventions to bring prevention, diagnosis and treatment closer… Read more

John Walley on improving health service delivery for chronic disease in primary care: using the COMDIS Health Service Delivery (HSD) approach

John Walley is a Professor of International Public Health at the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds. He is also the Co-Research Director of the Health Service Delivery Research Programme Consortium (COMDIS-HSD). COMDIS-HSD is a £7.5 million DFID funded, seven country research programme, incorporating service delivery themes ofprimary care, urban health,… Read more

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