1 Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign

The mission of the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign is to close the gap on achieving systematic rural healthcare coverage across rural Sub-Saharan Africa by supporting governments, global partners and national actors dedicated to CHW scale-up in the context of primary health care systems.

A wide range of partners, including the One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign, American Red Cross, UNICEF, USAID/MCSP, and the MDG Health Alliance have collaborated over the past several months in an effort to collect information about Community Health Worker (CHW) programs from countries across Africa. This information has been compiled into one page snapshots that collectively form a high-level program status guide. This guide is intended to fill information gaps that exist within countries and between country stakeholders and global partners who are working conjointly to rapidly scale and strengthen CHW programs.

Download the CHW Program Overview guide.

Backpack PLUS Collaboration

The Backpack PLUS Collaboration is a joint initiative between UNICEF, Save the Children, the MDG Health Alliance, the One Million Community Health Worker Campaign, and many other partners – has created a set of tools, including a holistic framework and prototype kit – aimed at empowering and supporting Community Health Workers (CHWs). CHWs are widely recognized as a crucial resource to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) health goals. To increase their impact on child mortality, improve effectiveness and boost efficiency, Community Health Workers need holistic solutions that address their daily and long-term needs. Backpack PLUS (BP+) offers an approach towards a comprehensive and systemic solution to achieve these ambitious goals and is intended to support and work alongside existing tools and approaches used by partners and countries.

Access an article on the Backpack PLUS Collaboration.

CHW Central

Our vision is to improve and sustain a dynamic global web-based resource that promotes and engages Community Health Workers (CHWs), enables the wide and rapid sharing of information about CHW work and management, offers resources to help improve CHW programs and CHW performance, and provides a forum for continuous and online discussions and exchanges among CHWs, public health professionals and program managers in the United States and across the globe.

Visit the CHW Central website.

CORE Group

CORE Group’s vision is a world of healthy communities, where no mother or child dies of preventable causes. We work towards this vision by bringing together our 50+ member organizations and network of partners to generate collaborative action and learning to improve and expand community-focused public health practices for underserved populations around the world. CORE Group makes a difference both as an independent not-for-profit organization and as the home of the Community Health Network.

Visit the CORE Group’s CCM website.

Diarrhea & Pneumonia Working Group

Formed in late 2011, the Diarrhea & Pneumonia Working Group aims to reduce mortality and morbidity from child diarrhea and pneumonia by accelerating treatment scale-up in 10 high-burden countries which account for over 60% of the global burden—Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, India, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Working Group, co-chaired by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and UNICEF, consists of members from over 40 organizations working in child health including implementing partners, donors, and the private sector. Specifically, the Working Group provides technical assistance, resource mobilization, and monitoring and evaluation support to organizations and governments working to implement national scale-up plans for essential medicines and/or related RMNCH strategies (UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, GAPPD, A Promise Renewed, etc).

Access the Diarrhea and Pneumonia Working Group advocacy brief and other resources developed by the Diarrhea and Pneumonia Working Group.

iCCM Costing and Finance Tool

The USAID iCCM Costing and Financing Tool, developed by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) through a sub-grant from URC’s TRAction Project, is now available for download. This spreadsheet-based, user-friendly tool for program planners and managers assesses the costs and financing of introducing or scaling up integrated community case management programs. The tool calculates costs and financing elements linked to all aspects of the iCCM program – including service delivery, medicines, equipment, training, supervision, management, and start-up costs.

To download the iCCM Costing and Financing Tool, visit MSH’s website or the TRAction Project website. Please direct any questions and feedback to Zina Jarrah of MSH at zjarraha@msh.org.

LQAS Generic Toolkit

The Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) Generic Toolkit was developed in collaboration with UNICEF to support the planning, carrying out and analysis of LQAS surveys. They focus on maternal and child health and include:

  • Sampling frame calculator, detailed implementation plan and budget template to help plan your survey;
  • Indicator lists and seven modular generic questionnaires for maternal and child health and community health workers that you can adapt for your survey; and
  • Hand tabulation sheets for each of the questionnaires and a standard reporting format to help you analyse your survey.

The tools are open for all to use or freely adapt. We would very much like to thank Dr. Theresa Diaz, Nick Oliphant and the Knowledge Management and Implementation Research Unit in the Health Section at UNICEF New York. The sampling frame calculator was adapted from an original model by John Marsden and Tom Davis at Food for the Hungry.

Access the LQAS Generic Toolkit.

Malaria Consortium

Innovations at Scale for Community Access and Lasting Effects (inSCALE), is a Malaria Consortium project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is currently being implemented in Mozambique and Uganda with the support of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College London’s Centre for International Health and Development. The aim of the project is to increase coverage of integrated community case management (ICCM), which provides community based-care for diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria. This is achieved through training community based agents (CBAs) to diagnose and treat these three main childhood illnesses.

Visit the Malaria Consortium website for more information on inSCALE.

Malaria Consortium recently launched a new series of publications focused on practical and theoretical learning gained through programme implementation and operational research. The three papers examine tailoring iCCM training depending on the context, improving approaches of engaging local communities in iCCM and developing innovative solutions for improving community health worker motivation and performance.

Access all the papers.

RAcE: Community Case Management of Malaria

The WHO Global Malaria Programme has been awarded a grant by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to support the scale-up of integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) of childhood illnesses using malaria as an entry point. The project called RAcE 2015 will be implemented in the following five malaria-endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Nigeria.

Visit the website.

SC4CCM

SC4CCM is a learning project implemented by JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc., focused on finding affordable, simple, and sustainable supply chain solutions that address the unique challenges faced by community health workers. Our goal is to demonstrate that product availability can be significantly improved at the lowest levels of the supply chain, thereby contributing to improved child health in communities.

To achieve our goal, in Ethiopia, Malawi and Rwanda, we are testing innovations to generate knowledge that can be put into broader practice for supply chain operations, financing, and advocacy. We complement the work of government and supply chain technical assistance and implementation partners by sharing what we learn and serving as a catalyst to help these organizations take promising solutions to scale.

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Some of these solutions are highlighted in Making Products Available in the Community: A Manager’s Tool to Improving Community Health Supply Chains. The Manager’s Tool walks participants through a process of exploring how these lessons might be applied in their country or context. The tool is aimed at guiding supply chain and community case management program managers through a structured process for the most important areas in which decisions should be made for the community health supply chain, while presenting options in each area and explaining implications of those options.

Access the SC4CCM Manager’s Tool.

TRAction

The Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project supports implementation and delivery science – which seeks to develop, test, and compare approaches to more effectively deliver health interventions, increase utilization, achieve coverage, and scale-up evidence-based interventions. TRAction supports implementation research to provide critically-needed evidence to program implementers and policy-makers addressing maternal and child health issues.

Visit the website for updates on TRAction projects and to access related resources.

Zinc Task Force

The Zinc Task Force (ZTF) is a collaborative group of international organizations and academic institutions working towards the accelerated delivery of zinc and Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) for the management of diarrhea in low-income countries.

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