Lay health workers in primary and community health care for maternal and child health and the management of infectious diseases

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Lay health workers may provide benefits in promoting immunisation uptake and breastfeeding, improving tuberculosis cure rates, and child health when compared to usual care. There is insufficient evidence to draw any conclusions for other health issues.

Lay health workers (LHWs) are widely used to provide care for a broad range of health issues, however, little is known about the effectiveness of LHW interventions. This review assesses the effects of LHW interventions in primary and community health care on maternal and child health and the management of infectious diseases. The evidence had considerable diversity with regards to country, targeted health issue and aims.

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