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Strategies for Engaging Community Health Workers to Reduce Malaria Mortality in Children Under Five in Rural Togo

Arden, Megan (2020) Strategies for Engaging Community Health Workers to Reduce Malaria Mortality in Children Under Five in Rural Togo. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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In the West African nation of Togo, malaria is highly transmitted; therefore, there are various malaria prevention, treatment, and case control measures in place. Nevertheless, malaria remains the top cause of death in children under 5. One of the interventions in place is Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM), an initiative that provides care to children for malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea, though it has not been well implemented in Togo. Community Health Workers (CHWs) play an integral role in the implementation of iCCM, and strategies to fully engage them, deserve consideration for its success. A literature search through Ovid Medline, PAIS, and Google, along with my lived experience in Togo revealed relevant data on community health workers in Togo. Search terms included “Togo”, “community health workers”, “integrated community case management”, “scoping review”, “active case detection”, “malaria”, “African countries” and “English language”. Additionally, literature from the World Health Organization (WHO) was searched to gather data on individual governments, health policies, and funding. Strategies to consider in successful CHW program implementation in Togo fell into the following categories: public health policy, CHW selection, and CHW practice. This essay provides strategies to better engage CHWs in Togo. By supplementing current malaria strategies in place, the public health significance of these recommendations will increase access to malaria care in rural communities and reduce the malaria mortality rate in children under 5 in Togo.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Arden, Meganmea114@pitt.edumea114@pitt.edu
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFrank, Lindafrankie@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberKrier, SarahSEK29@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberRussell, Joannejoanner@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 12 June 2020
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 61
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2020 20:52
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2020 20:52
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/39269

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