Principal Investigators: Parveen Parmar, University of Southern California & Ruwan Ratnayake
This study implemented and evaluated a remote community health volunteer (CHV) strategy to manage non-communicable diseases for Syrian refugees. The study found that CHVs provided a critical link to this vulnerable population at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more including recommendations from the study in this research brief.
The study aimed to investigate and improve a community health volunteer (CHV) based model for non-communicable disease (NCD) care in a humanitarian emergency. To do this they set out to:
The population based survey and causal loop analysis took place, but since COVID-19 meant CHVs could not visit patients in their households the planned intervention had to be adapted. A simpler remote CHV intervention focusing on the maintenance of health status, adherence to medications, and early detection of acute complications requiring care, was implemented. This was evaluated through a prospective cohort study, qualitative research and a cost-efficiency study. The study also incorporated detection for COVID-19.
The study team have worked closely to share these findings with the Jordan Ministry of Health to inform potential future CHV programmes, and NCD management.
In their latest update the team share their experiences of collecting data in Jordan with Syrian refugees and reflect on instances where screening refugees in the community for diabetes and high blood pressure successfully connected patients in need to care.View
The team blog about pivoting NCD research during a pandemicView
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