The Current State of CHW Training Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Need to Do

by Cindil Redick, Hannah Sarah Faich Dini, Lesley-Anne Long
mPowering Frontline Health Workers, July 2014

39 pp. 358 kB: 003

It is evident from sources assessed for this review that more research is needed on community health worker (CHW) training programs. CHW training occurs in a wide variety of settings and varies in duration. The literature points to a need for mandatory, consistent evaluation of training programs. Among the programs surveyed, only a small number actually implemented evaluation practices, and some of them did not implement the practices consistently. Even fewer had data available to review. Although additional information may exist in non-public forms such as internal reports, the lack of readily available information about the programs hampers the ability to draw strong conclusions on optimal CHW training methodologies.

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