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.

Reducing pneumonia and diarrhea mortality of children under 5 in Marcala, La Paz, Honduras

Problem: In 2008, 17 children under 5 in the Marcala district died from diarrhea and pneumonia. The local maternal clinic (CMI) had evolved into an emergency room of sorts; however, the clinic staff had neither the time nor the funds to...

La Paz Pneumonia & Diarrhea Demonstration Collaborative

Date improvement activities began: December, 2008 Aims/objectives: The La Paz Pneumonia and Diarrhea collaborative seeks to improve treatment and care and reduce mortality for children under 5 with pneumonia and diarrhea by improving...

Take-Home Brochures

Six take-home brochures provide illustrated and easy-to-follow guidelines to enable prenatal and postpartum women to make informed decisions about which infant feeding option is the most acceptable, feasible, affordable, sustainable, and...

WHO Task Shifting Guidelines: Rational redistribution of tasks among health workforce teams

The global recommendations and guidelines on task-shifting propose the adoption or expansion of a task-shifting approach as one method of strengthening and expanding the health workforce to rapidly increase access to HIV and other health...

Supply Chain Management System Resource Center

Supply Chain Management System Resource Center