Aug
17

African Journal of Reproductive Health - IMCHA Special Edition

Vol 25, No 3s (2021)  Click here to access the publication
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Aug
16

Improving Access to Family Planning Services in Rorya District, Tanzania

Webber, G., Chirangi, B., & Magatti, N. (2021) Improving Access to Family Planning Services in Rorya District, Tanzania: Qualitative Findings from a Pilot Study. Tanzania Medical Journal 32 (3): 67-83. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4314tmj.v32i3.428  
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Jun
18

Gender intentional approaches to enhance health social enterprises in Africa: a qualitative study of constraints and strategies

​ Health social enterprises are experimenting with community health worker (CHW) models that allow  for various income-generating opportunities to motivate and incentivize CHWs. Although evidence shows that  improving gender equality contributes to the achievement of health outcomes, gender-based constraints faced by  CHWs working wi...
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Jun
18

How workers respond to social rewards: evidence from community health workers in Uganda

  This paper investigates the effect of a non-financial incentive—a competitive annual award—on  community health workers' (CHWs) performance, an issue in the public health literature that has  not been explored to its potential. Combining data on a competitive social 'Best CHW' award with  the monthly performance of 4050 CHWs a...
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Jun
18

Gender Intentional Strategies to Enhance Health Social Enterprises in Africa:

  There has been a resurgence of interest in using community health  workers (CHWs) to enhance frontline primary health care given their  potential to fill gaps and reach remote communities. In light of this,  health social enterprises are experimenting with CHW models that  allow for various income-generating opportunities...
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Jun
18

Gender and health social enterprises in Africa: a research agenda

Health social enterprises in Africa working with community health workers (CHWs) are growing rapidly but understudied. In particular, gender equality issues related to their work has important public health and  equity implications.     Download PDF File Here
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Jun
01

A day in the life of a community health worker

There is renewed commitment to the use and role of community health  workers (CHWs) to enhance front line primary health care given their potential to fill gaps and reach remote communities. In light of this, health social enterprises are experimenting with CHW models that allow for various income-generating opportunities to motivate and incen...
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May
26

Improving sexual and reproductive health knowledge and practice in Mozambican families with media campaign and volunteer family health champions

Maternal and neonatal mortality rates in Mozambique are high: 451.6 maternal deaths per 100.000 live births (2017).1 In primary healthcare centres, death occurs more frequently within the first 2 hours of the pregnant woman reaching the hospital, highlighting the precarious conditions and women's late arrival to the health centre (HC).

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May
05

Scaling up newborn care technologies from tertiary- to secondary-level hospitals in Malawi: an implementation case study of health professional perspectives on bubble CPAP

While Malawi has achieved success in reducing overall under-five mortality, reduction of neonatal mortality remains a persistent challenge. There has, therefore, been a push to strengthen the capacity for quality newborn care at district hospitals through the implementation of innovative neonatal technologies such as bubble continuous positive airw...
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May
05

Experiences of a multiple intervention trial to increase maternity care access in rural Tanzania: Focus group findings with women, nurses and community health workers

In order to improve maternal health and women's access to maternity care services in Rorya District, Mara, Northern Tanzania, we introduced several interventions across the district from 2018 to 2019. The interventions were workshops with nurses to encourage respectful care of women and transportation subsidies for women to reach the health facilit...
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May
05

Leaving no one behind: using action research to promote male inovlement in maternal and child health in Irginga region, Tanzania

Male involvement has been reported to improve maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes. However, most studies in low-income and middle-income countries have reported low participation of men in MCH-related programmes. While there is a growing interest in the involvement of men in MCH, little is known on how male involvement can be effectively promo...
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May
05

Harnessing the health systems strengthening potential of quality improvement using realist evaluation: an example from southern Tanzania

Quality improvement (QI) is a problem-solving approach in which stakeholders identify context-specific problems and create and implement strategies to address these. It is an approach that is increasingly used to support health system strengthening, which is widely promoted in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, few QI initiatives are sustained and implem...
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May
05

It brought hope and peace in my heart:” Caregivers perceptions on kangaroo mother care services in Malawi

Kangaroo mother care (KMC) is an effective intervention for preterm and low birth weight infants. Effective implementation of KMC relies on a multidisciplinary team centering on the newborn's caregiver, who delivers care with support from health care workers. This study explored the experiences of caregivers on the implementation of KMC. Read more....
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May
05

Impact of home visits to pregnant women and their spouses on gender norms and dynamics in Bauchi State, Nigeria: Narratives from visited men and women

Maternal and newborn child health are priority concerns in Bauchi State, northern Nigeria. Increased male involvement in reproductive health is recommended by the World Health Organization. A trial of a program of universal home visits to pregnant women and their spouses, with an intention to increase male involvement in pregnancy and childbirth, s...
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May
05

So sometimes, it looks like it’s a neglected ward”: Health worker perspectives on implementing kangaroo mother care in southern Malawi

Kangaroo mother care (KMC) involves continuous skin-to-skin contact of baby on mother's chest to provide warmth, frequent breastfeeding, recognizing danger signs of illness, and early discharge. Though KMC is safe, effective and recommended by the World Health Organization, implementation remains limited in practice. The objective of this study is ...
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May
05

IMCHA Research Digest December 2020 - February 2021

Engaging men Engagement of men in defining relevant solutions is key to changing harmful social norms and to reaching successful maternal and child health outcomes. 

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May
05

IMCHA publications March - May 2020

IMCHA research team "Quality improvement for maternal and newborn health at district-level scale in Mtwara Region Tanzania" studied how to improve the quality improvement methodology whereby stakeholders identify problems in their own contexts and create strategies to improve them.

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May
05

“It brought hope and peace in my heart:” Caregivers perceptions on kangaroo mother care services in Malawi

Kangaroo mother care (KMC) is an effective intervention for preterm and low birth weight infants. Effective implementation of KMC relies on a multidisciplinary team centering on the newborn's caregiver, who delivers care with support from health care workers. This study explored the experiences of caregivers on the implementation of KMC. Read more....
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May
05

Leaving no one behind: using action research to promote male inovlement in maternal and child health in Irginga region, Tanzania

Male involvement has been reported to improve maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes. However, most studies in low-income and middle-income countries have reported low participation of men in MCH-related programmes. While there is a growing interest in the involvement of men in MCH, little is known on how male involvement can be effectively promo...
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May
05

Experiences of a Multiple Intervention Trial to Increase Maternity Care Access in Rural Tanzania: Focus Group Findings with Women, Nurses and Community Health Workers Women’s Health

In order to improve maternal health and women's access to maternity care services in Rorya District, Mara, Northern Tanzania, we introduced several interventions across the district from 2018 to 2019. The interventions were workshops with nurses to encourage respectful care of women and transportation subsidies for women to reach the health facilit...
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