by Samuel Chatio and Patricia Akweongo
PLoS ONE 12(3): e0174002 – Published: March 15, 2017
The shortage of formal health workers has led to the utilization of Community-Based Health Volunteers (CBHV) to provide health care services to people especially in rural and neglected communities. Community-based health volunteers have been effective partners in health care delivery at the community level for many years. The challenge is how to retain these volunteers and also sustain their activities. This study explored factors affecting retention and sustainability of community-based health volunteers’ activities in a rural setting in Northern Ghana. The authors conclude that providing means of transport and non-monetary incentives would help to retain community-based health volunteers and also sustain their activities at the community level.