Realities and experiences of Community Health Volunteers as agents for behaviour change: evidence from an informal urban settlement in Kisumu, Kenya

Aseyo et al. (2018) published this paper in Human Resources for Health. The work explores the important role of community health volunteers (CHVs) in delivering health services and behaviour change interventions (including hygiene-related behaviour change). The study focussed on 16 CHVs affiliated with the Kenyan Ministry of Health in a peri-urban settlement in Kenya. Through a mixed-methods approach, the capabilities, opportunities to work effectively and sources of motivation of the CHVs were studied. Results showed that CHVs faced a range of challenges that limited their capacity to get in involved with behaviour change interventions; including lack of resources and coordination and need for additional training in modern behaviour change approaches.     

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