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Special Supplement on integrated Community Case Management
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645

Abstract

Abstract.

There is strong research evidence that community case management (CCM) programs can significantly reduce mortality. There is less evidence, however, on how to implement CCM effectively either from research or regular program data. We analyzed monitoring data from CCM programs supported by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), covering over 2 million treatments provided from 2004 to 2011 in six countries by 12,181 community health workers (CHWs). Our analysis yielded several findings of direct relevance to planners and managers. CCM programs seem to increase access to treatment, although diarrhea coverage remains low. In one country, the size of the catchment area was correlated with use, and increased supervision was temporally and strongly associated with improved quality. Planners should use routine data to guide CCM program planning. Programs should treat all three conditions from the outset. Other priorities should include use of diarrhea treatment and insurance of adequate supervision.

[open-access] This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's Re-use License which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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  • Received : 15 Feb 2012
  • Accepted : 18 Apr 2012

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