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Improving health worker motivation and performance to deliver adolescent sexual and reproductive health services in the Democratic Republic of Congo: study design of implementation research to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of a package of interventions.

Authors
  • Bastien, Sheri1, 2
  • Ferenchick, Erin3
  • Mbassi, Symplice Mbola4
  • Plesons, Marina5
  • Chandra-Mouli, Venkatraman5
  • 1 Department of Public Health Science, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. , (Norway)
  • 2 Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 3 Technical Advice and Partnership Department, Geneva, Switzerland. , (Switzerland)
  • 4 Regional Office for Africa, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. , (Switzerland)
  • 5 Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. , (Switzerland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Global Health Action
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Dec 31, 2022
Volume
15
Issue
1
Pages
2022280–2022280
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2021.2022280
PMID: 35049420
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

During its last funding cycle from 2018-2020, the Global Fund in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, and implementing partners Cordaid and Santé Rural (SANRU), implemented a multi-sectoral, contextualized approach to improve the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls and young women in two regions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which included community-based, school-based and health facility-based actions. This implementation research focuses on the health-facility component. The objective of this research is to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of a package of interventions to improve health workers' knowledge, skills, and attitudes in providing sexual and reproductive health services to adolescents, whilst concomitantly creating an enabling work environment for building health workers' motivation. The package includes a combination of job descriptions, training and refresher training, desk reference tools, and collaborative learning. The package did not focus on improving amenities, providing or repairing equipment, or providing medicines and supplies. The underlying theoretical framework informing the project and the implementation research draws from Social Network Theory, Diffusion of Innovations and Normalization Process Theory. Qualitative and quantitative process and outcome data from in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with health workers and health managers, field notes, monitoring reports, costing sheets, and health worker surveys, adolescent mystery client assessments, and exit interviews with adolescents will be collected as part of a time-series study. The findings from this implementation research will be utilized to inform future adaptations and/or scale-up of the package of interventions to improve health worker motivation and performance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere. The findings will also contribute to advancing the use of theoretical approaches within the field of implementation research.

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