Accelerating Health Service and Data Capturing Trough Community Health Workers in Rural Ethiopia - A Pre-requisite to Progress

Zufan Abera Damtew

Abstract

Community based health service is escalating in many developing countries as a means to fulfill health related millennium development goals. Community health workers provide primary health care, and collect and compile health data in collaboration with different actors. This collaboration requires knowledge communication. An interpretative case study was conducted in Ethiopia to understand the knowledge communication across boundaries. Using transfer, translation and transformation framework of Carlile, this study discuss how knowledge related to the health extension packages is communicated across syntactic, semantic and pragmatic boundaries among health extension workers, their teachers, supervisors, community volunteers and rural households. The study also describes the knowledge brokering role of health extension workers and voluntary community health workers. They interact and negotiate with rural households to facilitate communication of novel knowledge concerning the health extension packages. The study identified impediments that preclude knowledge communication. In order to improve knowledge communication across boundaries and enhance the implementation of health extension packages, it is essential; to formulate apt target for health services, equip health extension workers training schools with essential resources, offer trainings to community volunteers and make available standardized register and report formats at health posts for proper recording and reporting.

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Abera Damtew Z. (2012). Accelerating Health Service and Data Capturing Trough Community Health Workers in Rural Ethiopia - A Pre-requisite to Progress . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing - Volume 1: KMIS, (IC3K 2012) ISBN 978-989-8565-31-0, pages 168-177. DOI: 10.5220/0004135101680177


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@conference{kmis12,
author={Zufan Abera Damtew},
title={Accelerating Health Service and Data Capturing Trough Community Health Workers in Rural Ethiopia - A Pre-requisite to Progress},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing - Volume 1: KMIS, (IC3K 2012)},
year={2012},
pages={168-177},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004135101680177},
isbn={978-989-8565-31-0},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing - Volume 1: KMIS, (IC3K 2012)
TI - Accelerating Health Service and Data Capturing Trough Community Health Workers in Rural Ethiopia - A Pre-requisite to Progress
SN - 978-989-8565-31-0
AU - Abera Damtew Z.
PY - 2012
SP - 168
EP - 177
DO - 10.5220/0004135101680177