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Evaluating a capacity building program on women’s health for displaced community health workers in fragile settings in Lebanon

Show simple item record Naal, Hady Mendelsohn, Rebecca Brome, Dayana Noubani, Aya Nabulsi, Dana Saleh, Shadi Muhieddine, Dina 2022-12-19T12:10:48Z 2022-12-19T12:10:48Z 2021
dc.description.abstract Background: Displaced populations in fragile settings experience health disparities that are seldom attended to. Task-shifting, which involves training non-specialized community health workers (CHW) to deliver basic education and health services is a favorable strategy to address this problem, however very little data exist on this topic in the Middle East region. We conducted a long-term evaluation of the Women’s Health Certifcate delivered to Syrian refugees and host community in informal tented settlements in Lebanon under the Mobile University for Health (MUH) program. The training was delivered through a mobile classroom approach that incorporated a blended learning modality. Methods: We collected short-term data from the 42 trained CHW (knowledge assessments and satisfaction measures) during the delivery of the intervention between March and August 2019, and long-term data (semi-structured interviews with 8 CHW and focus group discussion with 9 randomly selected community members) one year later between July and August 2020. The evaluation approach was informed by the Kirkpatrick evaluation model, and the qualitative data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Results: Data from the CHWs and community members were triangulated, and they showed that the training enhanced access to education due to its mobile nature and provided opportunities for CHWs to engage and interact with learning material that enhanced their knowledge and favorable behaviors regarding women’s health. In turn, CHWs were empowered to play an active role in their communities to transfer the knowledge they gained through educating community members and providing women’s health services and referrals. Community members benefted from the CHWs and called for the implementation of more similar training programs. Conclusion: This is one of few studies reporting a long-term community-level evaluation of a task-shifting program on women’s health among displaced populations in Lebanon. Our fndings support the need to increase funding for similar programs, and to focus on delivering programs for a variety of health challenges. It is also essential to enhance the reach and length of recruitment to wider communities, to design concise, interactive, and engaging sessions, and to provide tools to facilitate circulation of learning material, and resources for referrals to health services.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Human Resources for Health
dc.subject Task-shifting
dc.subject Capacity building
dc.subject Program evaluation
dc.subject Syrian refugees
dc.subject Community members
dc.subject Lebanon
dc.title Evaluating a capacity building program on women’s health for displaced community health workers in fragile settings in Lebanon
dc.type Article

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