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Filtering by Tag: Kavitha Viswanathan

Can community health workers increase coverage of reproductive health services?

Future Health Systems

Health services were severely affected during the many years of instability and conflict in Afghanistan. In recent years, substantial increases in the coverage of reproductive health services have been achieved, yet absolute levels of coverage remain very low, especially in rural areas. One strategy for increasing use of reproductive health services is deploying community health workers (CHWs) to promote the use of services within the community and at health facilities. Results show that presence of a female CHW in the community is associated with higher use of modern contraception, antenatal care services and skilled birth attendants but presence of a male CHW is not. Community-level random effects were also significant.
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Client perceptions of the quality of primary care services in Afghanistan

Future Health Systems

This article identifies factors associated with client perceptions of the quality of primary care services in Afghanistan through a cross-sectional survey of outpatient health facilities, health workers, patients and caretakers.
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Infant and under-five mortality in Afghanistan: current estimates and limitations

Future Health Systems

The objective of this article is to examine historical estimates of infant and under-five mortality in Afghanistan, provide estimates for rural areas from current population-based data, and discuss the methodological challenges that undermine data quality and hinder retrospective estimations of mortality.
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