Mozambique has witnessed a climbing total fertility rate in the last 20 years. Nearly one-third of married women have an unmet need for family planning, but the supply of family planning services is not meeting the demand.
Due to deficiencies in low- and middle-income countries, policy makers are suggesting different methods to achieving universal health coverage. One strategy is the expansion of cadres of close-to-community providers, which plays an important role for connecting communities with the formal health sector. This poster from the Reachout Consortium identifies some of the challenges with this strategy and how to address quality-related issues for universal health coverage.
USAID's 2016 Acting on the Call Report provides updates from the program that aims to end preventable maternal and child deaths in 25 priority countries, which together accounted for more than two-thirds of child and maternal deaths worldwide.
To work well, health supply chains require timeliness, accuracy, and reliability at all stages. Even one break in the supply chain—an hours’ delay in delivery—”can have repercussions throughout the system, ultimately determining if families can access life-saving medicines and commodities.” Thus it is crucial that all actors—from procurement specialists to storekeepers and service providers—do their part to keep the system running.
Globally, 2.5 billion people are “unbanked,” lacking access to formal financial services. As a result, roughly one third of the world’s population is forced to rely on cash transactions or informal financial systems, which can often be unsafe, inconvenient, and expensive. Among the unbanked, however, a billion have access to a mobile phone, and mobile-based financial services are quickly closing the financial access gap.
Malaria Consortium has had extensive experience designing, developing, implementing and evaluating a variety of job aids. An integral part of our work is to strengthen capacity and improve the performance of health workers to be able to prevent, diagnose, treat and care for groups most at risk of malaria and other communicable diseases.
Community health workers in Mozambique, locally known as Agentes Polivalentes Elementares (APEs), are an integral part of the national health system, intended to improve access to quality health care in remote areas of the country. APEs are conducting extensive health promotion and education activities as well as case management of malaria in patients of all ages, pneumonia and diarrhoea in children under five and referring pregnant women, newborns and children with danger signs to the nearest health facility.
This brief discusses the impact of the inSCALE APE CommCare mobile phone application in Mozambique, an inSCALE innovation developed to improve community health worker motivation, performance and retention in order to increase the quality and coverage of integrated community case management.
During the last decade child mortality has reduced significantly in a number of African countries, largely due to the scale up of appropriate management of diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria, three leading causes of death among young children. As a way of increasing access to treatment for sick children, several African countries are investing in community health workers (CHWs) to deliver integrated community case management (ICCM).