Latest research results
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a local consortium in Uganda [Healthy Entrepreneur in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health] set up a telehealth approach that aimed to educate 3,500 Community Health Workers (CHW) in rural areas about COVID-19, help them identify, refer and care for potential COVID-19 cases, and support them in continuing their regular community health work. The research concludes, that the telehealth approach, provided useful support to thousands of CHWs in rural communities in Uganda. The telehealth approach could be quickly set up and scaled up and ofers a low cost strategy for providing useful and fexible support to CHWs in rural communities.
2023 - Using telehealth to support Community Health Workers (BMC Health Services Research)
This research paper assesses the uptake of services provided by community health workers who were trained as community health entrepreneurs (CHEs) for febrile illness and diarrhoea. Findings showed that CHEs play a considerable role in delivering primary health care including the provision of medication for fever and diarrhoea in the rural areas in which they are active.
2022 - Health care provision by Community Health Entrepreneurs for febrile illness and diarrhoea (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Madiro & University of Toronto, Canada, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda & Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands).
This study explores the association between community health entrepreneurship and the sexual and reproductive health status of rural households in West-Uganda. It found that households living in an area where community health entrepreneurs were active reported more often to use at least one modern contraceptive method, had more knowledge of modern contraceptive methods, knew more sexually transmitted infections as well as mentioned more symptoms of sexually transmitted infections, concluding that community health entrepreneurship may be a more resilient way of organizing community health systems.
2019 - Reaching rural communities through Healthy Entrepreneurs (Oxford University Press in association with The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).