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Developing intervention strategies to improve community health worker motivation and performance

Dec 17, 2012

Malaria Consortium has produced a number of learning papers, to capture and collate some of the knowledge, learning and, where possible, the evidence around the focus and effectiveness of our work. By sharing this learning, we hope to provide new knowledge on public health development that will help influence and advance both policy and practice.

Developing Intervention Strategies [to improve community health worker motivation and performance] is focused on learning from the first two years of implementation of the Malaria Consortium inSCALE project.

 During the last decade child mortality has reduced significantly in a number of African countries, largely due to the scale up of appropriate management of diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria, three leading causes of death among young children. As a way of increasing access to treatment for sick children, several African countries are investing in community health workers (CHWs) to deliver integrated community case management (ICCM).

Between January 2010 and August 2012 the inSCALE technical team developed two intervention strategies designed to positively influence motivation, retention and performance amongst CHWs in Mozambique and Uganda.  This paper summarises the process adopted by the project for identifying the barriers to CHW motivation and performance in Uganda and Mozambique. It documents innovative solutions to these challenges that are potentially acceptable and feasible, including the rationale for the design of the two interventions developed.

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