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.

It takes a village and data: Using routine health information to ensure safe, institutionalized births in Mozambique

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This post is part of the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference blog series.

By: Adalgisa Viola, Luc Van der Veken, Claire Cole, and Julio Pacca, Pathfinder International

Generating local solutions: How CARE’s Community Score Card is helping achieve health access for all

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This post is part of the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference blog series.

By: Sara Gullo, CARE Sr. Technical Advisor, Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights and Mariela Rodriguez, CARE Specialist, Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights

Mobile Technology Allows Community Health Workers to Quickly Identify & Refer in Côte d’Ivoire

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By: Oumar Toure, Jhpiego Technical Advisor, HIV and Reproductive Health; Angeline Dia Lou Balona Anoble, Jhpiego HIV Technical Assistant; Nathan Rehr, Jhpiego Senior Program Coordinator

Loukou Kouame with community health workers at his home in Djangokro, Côte d’Ivoire. (Courtesy of Angeline Dia Lou Balona Anoble, Jhpiego)

Say no to stigma: The critical role of key populations in the development of community-based services

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By: Marcos Benedetti, Senior Technical Advisor for Sexual Health and Rights/Pathfinder International

Strengthening HIV linkage and retention through improved community & facility collaboration in Botswana

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This post is part of the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference blog series.

By: Kesaobaka Dikgole and Cecil Haverkamp, USAID ASSIST Project – Botswana

Members of the Community Improvement Teams from across the Mahalapye Sub-District meet for their first joint learning session.

This blog originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

Uganda Hosts First International Symposium on Community Health Workers

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By: Dr. David Musoke Makerere University School of Public health, Uganda

Above: Dignitaries at the symposium. (Photos courtesy of the author)

Improving Equitable Access to Lifesaving Maternal Health Care in Rural Bangladesh

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By: Joby George, Chief of Party, MaMoni Health Systems Strengthening Project

Why Equity Matters for Health

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By: Tanvi Monga Senior Program Officer, MCSP/ICF

Above: A community health volunteer promoting health messages in Ghana. (Courtesy of Kate Holt/Jhpiego)

Making Community Systems the Bedrock of Global Health Investments

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By: Kate Thomson, Head of Community Rights and Gender Department, Global Fund

Strong Government Leadership & Management are Key to Building Sustainable Community Health Systems

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By: Kiersten Abate, Senior Program Associate, AMP Health

(Photo courtesy of Mike Park/AMP Health)

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