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CHW Review_Bishop_10.12.12

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CHW Review_Bishop_10.12.12

  1. 1. Community Health Worker/ Volunteer Initiatives Caroline Bishop CRS Health and HIV Technical Advisor CORE Annual Meeting October 12, 2012 - Washington, DC
  2. 2. Three Initiatives1. Mobile phones to support ASHAs in India2. “Talking Books” to support community health promoters in West Darfur3. CRS Guide to Working with Volunteers
  3. 3. 1. Mobile Phones in IndiaThe Challenges:• Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) struggle to provide timely, comprehensive counseling to women throughout the pregnancy and postpartum periods.• Supportive supervision of ASHAs is limited
  4. 4. A Solution• Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D)• CommCare – an innovative mHealth platform that allows ASHAs to track and support every pregnant woman, mother and newborn
  5. 5. Video• http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla yer_detailpage&v=QTjs61L5l2Q
  6. 6. Global Outcomes• Published studies documenting how CommCare can improve access, quality of health services• Randomized control study: timeliness of community health worker visits can increase by 86% through reminders delivered to CommCare users.
  7. 7. Kaushambi Outcomes•ASHAs report that CommCare: - Helps them manage their workload - Improves the quality of their counseling - Increases families’ receptiveness to key MNH messages• Pregnant women report CommCare’s interactive format makes it easier for them to remember key messages. Slide 10 of 16
  8. 8. Save the Date CRS ICT4D Conference• March 2013 in Accra, Ghana• 3-day conference• 1st day open to NGOs, donors; local government actors from West Africa• Purpose: learn about successful ICT4D solutions in the field (especially health and agriculture) and discuss measuring impact of ICT4D
  9. 9. 2. “Talking Books” in SudanPurpose:• To provide effective health and nutrition education, in the native language, to low-literate remote communities in West Darfur
  10. 10. How it was developed• Collaborative process with: – Ministry of Health – Local community members – Books of Hope staff
  11. 11. How it works…• Illustrated pages• Including text• Sound track corresponds to each page• Narrated by Darfurian radio celebrity. “Eat Well, Be Well”
  12. 12. Use in the field• El Geneina IPD camp• Community Health Promoters (CHPs) trained• Provided “Eat Well, Be Well” speaking book• Follow-up assessment
  13. 13. 3. Guide toWorking with Volunteers
  14. 14. Determining # of volunteers
  15. 15. Incentives & Work Tools
  16. 16. Calculating Volunteer Contributions
  17. 17. Thank you!
  18. 18. For More InformationWebsite:www.crsprogramquality.orgCaroline BishopCaroline.bishop@crs.org410-951-7480

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