MCSP Community Health Contributions Series

MCSP advocated for institutionalizing community health as part of national health systems, strengthening the capacity of community health workers (CHWs), and supporting community infrastructure in partnership with country governments and civil society organizations. These briefs comprise an eight-part series developed by MCSP to review and understand the processes of community engagement in MCSP-supported countries and […]

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Final Report: USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) Guatemala

In Guatemala, to improve the nutritional and health status of women of reproductive age and children under five, MCSP introduced and implemented quality-centered health and nutrition interventions in 30 priority municipalities of the Western Highlands. The Program worked to increase coverage and utilization of evidence-based, sustainable, high-quality, Ministry of Health-supported reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child […]

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User Guide for the Community Health Worker Coverage and Capacity Tool

This document is a guide to the Community Health Worker (CHW) Coverage and Capacity (C3) Tool, which was designed by MCSP to support rational CHW program planning. The Excel-based tool models CHW program scenarios based on customizable assumptions related to CHW time allocation, workload, and population coverage. It is meant to be used to support […]

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Mentoring the Community Health Worker in Rwanda

MCSP Rwanda aimed to improve and sustain high-quality RMNCH services at the community level by forming a partnership with the MOH/Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC). Consequently, RBC led the process of developing and implementing the “Community Health Mentorship Guidelines” for Rwanda with support from MCSP. […]

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National Community Health Information Systems in Four African Countries

Using a case study approach, this report describes the design and operations of national Community Health Information Systems (CHIS) in four African countries with the overall goal of informing global and national-level community programming and CHIS stakeholders about CHIS design and functioning in countries and the lessons learned across them. This technical report has three […]

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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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Maternal Child Survival Program
Maternal and Child Survival Program