National Community Health Information Systems in Four African Countries

MCSP adapted MEASURE Evaluation’s broader Community-Based Information System Model to produce a framework for developing and implementing community health information system (CHIS), with a thematic focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health. The framework identifies seven key dimensions of a robust CHIS, around which this report organizes its findings. […]

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Supporting Communities to Use Health Data

MCSP, in collaboration with the Health Data Collaborative (HDC), has led the effort to improve data collection and data use at the community level. These efforts led to the development of the new resource package on Supporting Communities to Use Health Data. This resource package walks users through how to engage data users and producers; […]

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Beyond the Building Blocks: Integrating Community Roles into Health Systems Frameworks to Achieve Health for All

This paper articulates the need for dedicated human resources and quality services at the community level; it places strategies for organizing and mobilizing social resources in communities in the context of systems for health; it situates health information as one ingredient of a larger block dedicated to information, learning and accountability; and it recognizes societal […]

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The Role of Community Structures in Health Systems in 22 of 25 USAID Priority Maternal and Child Health Countries – A Landscape Analysis of Existing Policies

MCSP advocates for institutionalizing community health as part of national health systems, strengthening the community health worker workforce, and supporting community infrastructure in partnership with country governments and civil society organizations. MCSP undertook this landscape review to inform the provision of targeted technical assistance to its focal countries in their efforts to reduce child and […]

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Monitoring and Evaluation of Evolving Social Accountability Efforts in Health – A Literature Synthesis

Social accountability interventions present various approaches that support citizens’ participation, direct or indirect, in dialogue with service providers and other officials with a goal of developing a collaborative relationship to improve quality of service provision. Despite recent attention on social accountability interventions, progress on updating or adapting how these interventions are monitored and evaluated has […]

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How are Gender Inequalities Facing India’s One Million ASHAs Being Addressed?

India’s accredited social health activist (ASHA) programme consists of almost one million female community health workers (CHWs). Launched in 2005, there is now an ASHA in almost every village and across many urban centres who support health system linkages and provide basic health education and care. This paper examines how the programme is seeking to […]

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Hubris, Humility and Humanity – Expanding Evidence Approaches for Improving and Sustaining Community Health Programmes

Community-based approaches are a critical foundation for many health outcomes, including reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). Evidence is a vital part of strengthening that foundation, but largely focuses on the technical content of what must be done, rather than on how disparate community actors continuously interpret, implement and adapt interventions in dynamic and […]

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Institutionalizing Community Health: Ten Critical Principles

In March 2017, nearly 400 community health champions from 44 countries gathered in Johannesburg to share global and country specific evidence and lessons. Attendees identified opportunities and challenges — financial and human resources, programmatic, and socio-political — for institutionalizing community health as an integral component of primary health care in order to improve the health […]

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