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Table 7 Summary findings on remuneration and incentives

From: What do we know about community-based health worker programs? A systematic review of existing reviews on community health workers

Topic Summary of findings
Financial incentives Financial incentives increased motivation: one study in Kok et al.’s review found that CHWs getting financial incentives performed better than CHWs receiving in-kind incentives [15]. However, performance-based incentives focus CHW efforts toward remunerated tasks [15].
Other incentives Other important incentives are community respect, trust, and recognition (discussed in “Community embeddedness”); personal growth and learning; and access to career progression and other future opportunities [15].
CHW rights Performance-based incentives, linked to CHWs’ volunteer status and flexible tasks and timings, do not provide financial security and ultimately impede CHW rights [41].