Do lay health workers improve healthcare delivery and healthcare outcomes? Evidence Update, Health Sector Development Series, March 2006
Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries.
This Evidence Update is adapted from Lewin SA, Dick J, Pond P, Zwarenstein M, Aja G, van Wyk B, et al. Lay health workers in primary and community health care. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Art. No.: CD004015. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004015.pub2..
Trials in immunization uptake and treating acute respiratory infections and malaria in children suggest benefit; evidence in other areas is limited.
Effective Health Care Alliance Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, pp.2