Strengthening the community health worker programme for health improvement through enhancing training, supervision and motivation in Wakiso district, Uganda

BMC Res Notes. 2019 Dec 18;12(1):812. doi: 10.1186/s13104-019-4851-6.


Objective: The objective of the project was to strengthen the community health worker (CHW) programme in Ssisa sub-county, Wakiso district, Uganda by providing a coherent, structured and standardized training, supervision and motivation package so as to enhance their performance.

Results: The project trained all 301 CHWs who received non-financial incentives of t-shirts, gumboots and umbrellas, and 75 of them received solar equipment to support lighting their houses and charging phones. Twenty-four of the CHWs who had coordination roles received additional training. Three motorcycles were also provided to enhance transportation of CHW coordinators during their work including supervision. By end of the project, the CHWs had conducted 40,213 household visits, carried out health education sessions with 127,011 community members, and treated 19,387 children under 5 years of age. From the project evaluation, which used both quantitative and qualitative methods, 98% of the CHWs reported having improved competence in performance of their roles. In addition, the CHWs were highly motivated to do their work. The motorcycles were instrumental in supporting the work of CHW coordinators including monthly collection of reports and distribution of medicines. The project demonstrated that by improving training, supervision and motivation, performance of CHW programmes can be enhanced.

Keywords: Community health workers; Motivation; Performance; Supervision; Training; Uganda; Village health teams.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Community Health Workers / education*
  • Community Health Workers / organization & administration
  • Community Health Workers / psychology
  • Community Health Workers / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motivation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Uganda