May 20, 2019

The status of Ghanaian community health workers’ supervision and service delivery: descriptive analyses from the 2017 PMA2020 survey

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Authors: Dan Schwarz, June-Ho Kim, Hannah L. Ratcliffe, Griffith Bell, John Koku Awoonor-Williams, Belinda Nimako, Easmon Otupiri, Stuart Lipsitz, Lisa Hirschhorn, Asaf Bitton

Journal: Gates Open Research, 3. May 2019

This study demonstrates variability in supervision frequency and CHW activities. A high proportion of CHWs already meet the expected frequency of supervision. Meanwhile, there are substantial differences by region of CHW service provision, which requires further research, particularly on novel CHW services such as non-communicable disease treatment. While there are important limitations to these data, these findings can be instructive for Ghanaian policymakers and implementers to target improvement initiatives for community-based services.