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Lay health workers in primary and community health care for maternal and child health and the management of infectious diseases

  1. Simon Lewin1,*,
  2. Susan Munabi-Babigumira1,
  3. Claire Glenton2,
  4. Karen Daniels3,
  5. Xavier Bosch-Capblanch4,
  6. Brian E van Wyk5,
  7. Jan Odgaard-Jensen6,
  8. Marit Johansen6,
  9. Godwin N Aja7,
  10. Merrick Zwarenstein8,
  11. Inger B Scheel2

Editorial Group: Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group

Published Online: 17 MAR 2010

Assessed as up-to-date: 21 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004015.pub3

How to Cite

Lewin S, Munabi-Babigumira S, Glenton C, Daniels K, Bosch-Capblanch X, van Wyk BE, Odgaard-Jensen J, Johansen M, Aja GN, Zwarenstein M, Scheel IB. Lay health workers in primary and community health care for maternal and child health and the management of infectious diseases. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD004015. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004015.pub3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Preventive and International Health Care Unit, Oslo, Norway

  2. 2

    SINTEF Health Research, Department of Global Health and Welfare, Oslo, Norway

  3. 3

    Medical Research Council, Health Systems Research Unit, Tygerberg, South Africa

  4. 4

    Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Swiss Centre for International Health, Basel, Switzerland

  5. 5

    University of the Western Cape, School of Public Health, Bellville, South Africa

  6. 6

    Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Oslo, Norway

  7. 7

    Babcock University, Department of Health Sciences, Ikeja-Lagos, South West, Nigeria

  8. 8

    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Combined Health Services Sciences, Toronto, ON, Canada

*Simon Lewin, Preventive and International Health Care Unit, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Box 7004 St Olavsplass, Oslo, N-0130, Norway. simon.lewin@nokc.no.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New search for studies and content updated (conclusions changed)
  2. Published Online: 17 MAR 2010

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