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Innovation in Supervision and Support of Community Health Workers for Better Newborn Survival in Southern Tanzania.

Mkumbo, E., Hanson, C., Penfold, S., Manzi, F. and Schellenberg, J. (2014) Innovation in Supervision and Support of Community Health Workers for Better Newborn Survival in Southern Tanzania. International health. ISSN 1876-3413

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Abstract

Home visits by community health workers may help to improve newborn survival, but sustained high-quality supervision of community volunteers is challenging. To compare facility-led and community-linked supervision approaches of 824 community health volunteers working to improve newborn care in Southern Tanzania. Using a before-after design, we compared 6 months of supervision reports from each approach. During the community-linked approach over 50 times more supervision contacts were recorded than during the facility-only supervision approach (1.04 contacts per volunteer per month vs 0.02), and the volunteer-supervisor ratio reduced from 7.8 to 1.6. Involving community leaders has the potential to improve supervision of community health volunteers.ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01022788; http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01022788?term=INSIST&rank=1.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Community health workers, Newborn health, Supervision, Tanzania
Subjects: Maternal & Neonatal Health > Neonatal Health
Divisions: Ifakara Health Institute > Health Systems
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2014 07:45
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 07:45
URI: http://ihi.eprints.org/id/eprint/2662

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