Community Health

Community Health System

As the complex needs of people facing the double burden of health issues and socio-economic difficulties are increasingly identified and addressed, the importance of community-level health and social services is magnified. Improvement methods can be applied at the community level to address the quality and coverage of health and social welfare services, strengthen linkages between the community and the health system, and enhance the capacity of existing groups and networks to affect health issues in their own communities. 

A particular area of focus for improvement in community health is to strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of programs that rely on community health workers (CHWs). Due to large catchment areas and numbers of households they are expected to cover, CHWs are frequently inadequate to provide services to all households needing them.  Although CHWs are usually linked to facilities, facility health care teams often do not have the time or capacity to address the challenges facing CHWs. Leveraging existing networks and indigenous structures to work together to improve the health of community members can improve CHWs’ acceptance, morale, and performance.

Towards Integrated People-centered Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Care in Mali

The World Health Organization (WHO), through its Framework on integrated people-centred health services adopted by Member States in 2016, has called for a fundamental shift in the way health services are funded, managed, and delivered...

Effective Leadership for Quality Improvement in Health Care: A Practical Guide

One of the greatest opportunities to improve the quality of health services in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) – and meet global health goals, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals– is...

Leadership efficace pour l’amélioration de la qualité des soins de santé: Guide pratique

L’une des meilleures opportunités d’améliorer la qualité des services de santé dans les pays à revenu faible etintermédiaire et d’atteindre les objectifs mondiaux en matière de santé, tels que les objectifs de développement durable (ODD)...

Involucramiento del hombre en la prevención de la infección del Zika en Honduras

El estudio de caso describe las actividades desarrolladas por el personal del hospital de Tela en la Región de Atlántida, Honduras, para involucrar a los hombres en la prevención de la infección del virus del Zika y sus complicaciones. Una...

Involving Men in the Prevention of ZIka in Honduras

This case study describes activities carried out by personnel of the Tela Hospital, in the Atlántida Region of Honduras to involve men in the prevention of the Zika virus and its complications. One of the limitations of the strategy of...

Zika webinar series - Why It’s Critical to Strengthen a Public Health Emergency Response with Quality Improvement (QI): What We Learned Implementing QI in the Zika Response


On September 25th, the USAID Zika team in collaboration with GHPoD hosted the first in a webinar series to highlight accomplishments and lessons learned from partners across the response.  There were presentations by Dr. M. Rashad Massoud, Senior Vice President, and Dr. Jorge Hermida, Regional Director for Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, from the USAID ASSIST project titled Why It’s Critical to Strengthen a Public Health Emergency Response with Quality Improvement (QI): What We Learned Implementing QI in the Zika Response. Dr. Massoud and Dr.