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A study examining the association between a complex community intervention and quality of health extension workers’ performance to correctly classify common childhood illnesses in four regions of Ethiopia

The Dagu PhD student Theodros Getachew published this paper in PLOS ONE aiming to evaluate the association between the Optimising the Health Extension Program (OHEP) intervention and the health extension workers’ ability to correctly classify common childhood illnesses in four regions of Ethiopia.

The study used data collected from four Ethiopian regions during baseline and endline assessments undertaken in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Health extension workers’ consultations with ill children were observed in intervention and comparison areas.

Study authors conclude that the OHEP intervention was not associated with an improved classification of childhood illnesses by  Ethiopian primary health care workers.

Authors

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Dr Della Berhanu

Former IDEAS Ethiopia Country Coordinator and Research Fellow

Professor Lars Åke Persson

Professor of Public Health Evaluation