What is it about?

Community Health Volunteers are lay health workers supporting healthcare at the community level. This study shows how they help in supporting maternal health care for pregnant mothers mothers in the community through education and supporting birth preparedness in the Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya.

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Why is it important?

The study showed that the Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) supporting maternal health services in the camp. Use of Community Health Volunteers to provide community based Maternal Health is an important and viable option of reducing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality and improving uptake and coverage of maternal health care services.

Perspectives

I hope this article will lead to strengthening the capacity of the community health volunteers on the roles they are currently playing and that it opens a door for more studies on healthcare for refugees in the camp, an area that has been less documented more so regarding working with community health volunteers on maternal health. This is because building these capacities will strengthen self-reliance for refugees on health care. Finally, I hope you find this article thought-provoking.

Mr Samuel Mijwanga
Kenya Red Cross Society

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This page is a summary of: Role of community health volunteers in education and promotion of birth preparedness to support maternal healthcare services in the Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya, African Journal of Midwifery and Women s Health, April 2022, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/ajmw.2021.0010.
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