The Role of Community Structures in Health Systems in 22 of 25 USAID Priority Maternal and Child Health Countries – A Landscape Analysis of Existing Policies

MCSP advocates for institutionalizing community health as part of national health systems, strengthening the community health worker (CHW) workforce, and supporting community infrastructure in partnership with country governments and civil society organizations. MCSP undertook this landscape review to inform the provision of targeted technical assistance to its focal countries in their efforts to reduce child […]

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Monitoring and Evaluation of Evolving Social Accountability Efforts in Health – A Literature Synthesis

Social accountability interventions present various approaches that support citizens’ participation, direct or indirect, in dialogue with service providers and other officials with a goal of developing a collaborative relationship to improve quality of service provision. Despite recent attention on social accountability interventions, progress on updating or adapting how these interventions are monitored and evaluated has […]

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How are Gender Inequalities Facing India’s One Million ASHAs Being Addressed?

India’s accredited social health activist (ASHA) programme consists of almost one million female community health workers (CHWs). Launched in 2005, there is now an ASHA in almost every village and across many urban centres who support health system linkages and provide basic health education and care. This paper examines how the programme is seeking to […]

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Hubris, Humility and Humanity – Expanding Evidence Approaches for Improving and Sustaining Community Health Programmes

Community-based approaches are a critical foundation for many health outcomes, including reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). Evidence is a vital part of strengthening that foundation, but largely focuses on the technical content of what must be done, rather than on how disparate community actors continuously interpret, implement and adapt interventions in dynamic and […]

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Community Mobilization and Home Visits: Key Pillars of the Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Program in Ghana

Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) is valued as Ghana’s main platform for bringing primary health care services to the entire population. The program caters to rural populations and communities in isolated areas. It is important to the Ghanaian government to continue to ensure quality of care and improvement of service provision within the CHPS […]

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Landscape Analysis of National Community Health Worker Programs

This landscape analysis of national community health worker (CHW) programs focused on key features of programs in 22 of the 25 countries deemed priority by the USAID Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition for which data were available. It aims to: Complement the individual country profiles contained in the USAID Advancing Partners and […]

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Assessing Ghanaian Health Care Workers’ Practice through Task Analysis

In Ghana, MCSP collaborates with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to provide high-quality pre-service education (PSE) and community-based health care delivery (CHPS). Over the years, interest has increased in building the capacity of CHPS workers to deliver packages of lifesaving maternal, newborn, and reproductive health interventions to strengthen Ghana’s […]

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