Journal article

Optimising the benefits of community health workers' unique position between communities and the health sector: A comparative analysis of factors shaping relationships in four countries

Maryse C Kok, Hermen Ormel, Jacqueline EW Broerse, Sumit Kane, Ireen Namakhoma, Lilian Otiso, Moshin Sidat, Aschenaki Z Kea, Miriam Taegtmeyer, Sally Theobald, Marjolein Dieleman

GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Community health workers (CHWs) have a unique position between communities and the health sector. The strength of CHWs' relationships with both sides influences their motivation and performance. This qualitative comparative study aimed at understanding similarities and differences in how relationships between CHWs, communities and the health sector were shaped in different Sub-Saharan African settings. The study demonstrates a complex interplay of influences on trust and CHWs' relationships with their communities and actors in the health sector. Mechanisms influencing relationships were feelings of (dis)connectedness, (un)familiarity and serving the same goals, and perceptions of received su..

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