Community health worker in Afghanistan holds a tablet showing a reproductive health video to a small group of women wearing traditional Islamic dress

Is a health video library acceptable and feasible for helping community health workers? Evidence from Afghanistan

Based on evidence that digital health technologies can improve engagement with clients, enhance counseling efforts, and make more efficient use of community health worker (CHW) time, the USAID-funded Helping Mothers and Children Thrive in Afghanistan (HEMAYAT) project designed and pilot-tested a health video library (HVL). The HVL is a tablet-based collection of videos delivering dramatizations encouraging best reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) behaviors and services. The HVL is shown by CHWs, who then lead targeted counseling, to target clients – married women who are pregnant or have a child under the age of five – in their homes or at health facilities. The goal of the HVL is to support RMNCH counseling efforts to improve knowledge and service uptake among those target clients. My colleagues and I conducted a pilot study to assess the feasibility and acceptability of the HVL among clients and CHWs.

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