Malaria Consortium’s inSCALE project has been working in Uganda to help scale up quality integrated community case management programmes to improve child health. This Learning Paper details the process of establishing Village Health Clubs with the aim of improving the motivation and performance of community health workers – known as village health team members (VHTs) in Uganda.
Malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea are among the leading killer diseases among children aged five years and below. Efforts in realizing the Millennium Development Goals are tailored towards tackling the three diseases at community level through integrated community case management (iCCM). iCCM involves diagnosis and treatment of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea by community health workers (CHWs) in addition to referral of severely sick children, children whose conditions cannot be treated by CHWs, and newborns.
Community health workers are reemerging as an essential component of health systems in low-income countries. However, there are concerns that unless they are adequately supported, their motivation and performance will be suboptimal. mHealth presents an opportunity to improve support for community health workers; however, most interventions to date have been designed through a top-down approach, rarely involve the end user, and have not focused on motivation.
Pneumonia and diarrhoea disproportionately affect children living in low-income countries. As a vehicle to increase coverage of lifesaving treatment for children suffering from these three child killers, a joint statement was produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in 2004 calling for integrated community case management (iCCM) of pneumonia and diarrhoea in addition to malaria in countries where these diseases are common
Scaling up interventions that increase access to timely and appropriate treatment at the community level could prevent more than 60% of these deaths. As a way of increasing access to treatment for sick children, several African countries are investing in community health workers (CHWs) as a cost-effective way of extending health services to people living beyond the reach of the health facilities.
As a part of World Vision's Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) Project Model Orientation Series, this webinar shares iCCM-focused strategies to effectively address health challenges experienced by mothers, children, and populations impacted by HIV and AIDS, and address WASH issues.
The webinar includes information about iCCM, World Vision's approach using an iCCM strategy, preparatory and operational tools, the global status of iCCM in World Vision, and a financing model for iCCM.
World Vision's Timed and Targeted Counselling for Health and Nutrition (ttC) is a comprehensive training course for CHWs, Care Groups and volunteers working in maternal and child health. ttC takes a life-cycle approach, supporting through pregnancy to two years of age, which offers the best opportunity to put children on a path to life-long health.
Community case management of malaria (CCMm, formerly designated as home management of malaria) consists in treating febrile individuals with pre-packaged anti-malarial drugs distributed by members of the community, often designated as community health workers (CHWs).
Indigenous Australians have the highest prevalence and incidence of diabetes in Australia and also suffer high rates of preventable complications. Many of these complications can be prevented with better primary care level management however access to culturally appropriate high quality diabetes care is not always evident, especially in remote settings where there is high turnover of health staff.