The contribution of health extension workers in improving the utilization of maternal health services in rural areas of Tigray, Ethiopia

Araya Medhanyie, Mark Spigt, Yohannes Kifle, Nikki Schaay, David Sanders, Roman Blanco, Geert Dinant, Yemane Berhane

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Abstract

Ethiopia, like many resource-constrained countries, has over the past couple of decades been training and deploying different categories of volunteer community health workers (CHWs), such as trained traditionalbirth attendants (TBAs), community-based reproductive-health agents, and community health agents. However, in 2003, to accelerate the expansion of primary health care (PHC) coverage and to ensure equitable access to health services, the government of Ethiopia started deploying a new cadre of specially trained community-based health workers called health extension workers (HEWs). Apart from the requirement of having completed high school and undergone one year of comprehensive training prior to being deployed, the HEWs are also distinct from the volunteer CHWs in that they are employed by the Ministry of Health and are paid a monthly salary...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRevitalizing Health for All
Subtitle of host publicationCase Studies of the Struggle for Comprehensive Primary Health Care
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
Chapter12
Pages237-247
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781487513887
ISBN (Print)9781487521622, 9781487501754
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • primary health care
  • community health workers
  • Maternal Health Services
  • remote health delivery
  • Ethiopia

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