Journal article

Impact of dropout of female volunteer community health workers: an exploration in Dhaka urban slums.

Khurshid Alam, Jahangir AM Khan, Damian G Walker

BMC Health Serv Res | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The model of volunteer community health workers (CHWs) is a common approach to serving the poor communities in developing countries. BRAC, a large NGO in Bangladesh, is a pioneer in this area, has been using female CHWs as core workers in its community-based health programs since 1977. After 25 years of implementing of the CHW model in rural areas, BRAC has begun using female CHWs in urban slums through a community-based maternal health intervention. However, BRAC experiences high dropout rates among CHWs suggesting a need to better understand the impact of their dropout which would help to reduce dropout and increase program sustainability. The main objective of the study was to..

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