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Session: NGO Community Empowerment Approaches to Improve Child Health: Overview and Three Case Studies
4141.0: Tuesday, November 07, 2006: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Oral
NGO Community Empowerment Approaches to Improve Child Health: Overview and Three Case Studies
Although there is much evidence on the effectiveness of technical child survival interventions, there is little evidence of the effectiveness of community-based delivery mechanisms. USAIDís Child Survival and Health Grants Program (CSHGP) currently supports 32 US-based NGOs implementing 78 child health projects in 39 countries in collaboration with local MOH and NGO partners. Typical projects run 4-5 years with an average of 40,000 under five beneficiaries, and cover at least one health district. A method for estimating the child mortality impact of these projects was developed that is based on the work of the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group that published the 2003 Child Survival Lancet series. Several recently completed projects were identified that were associated with large estimated improvements in child health status. Features of these programs are examined and three case studies are explored in depth. The three projects span a variety of settings - urban Bangladesh, rural Cameroon, and rural Mozambique. The common thread in all of them is a well organized and executed strategy to empower and mobilize communities, thereby building powerful community-based service delivery structures.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to: 1. Describe a method for estimating the health impact of community based child health programming 2. Describe the level of estimated child health improvement associated with successful NGO community empowerment approaches 3. Describe three community empowerment approaches associated with large estimated child health population improvements
Organizer(s):James G. Ricca, MD, MPH
12:30 PMChild survival projects using community empowerment approaches result in high impact at low cost  [ Recorded presentation ]
James G. Ricca, MD, MPH
12:50 PMStrengthening Community IMCI in Eastern Cameroon  [ Recorded presentation ]
Laban E. Tsuma, MBchB, MPH, Pierre-Marie Metangmo, MD, MPH, MBA
1:10 PMStrengthening Districts and Community Teams for MCH in Northern Mozambique  [ Recorded presentation ]
Eric A. Swedberg, MPH
1:30 PMStrengthening Ward Health Committees in Urban Bangladesh  [ Recorded presentation ]
Shamim Jahan, MBBS, Michelle Kouletio, Syed Izaz Rasul, MD, MPH, Subir Saha, PhD Candidate
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:International Health
Endorsed by:Community Health Workers SPIG; Community-Based Public Health Caucus; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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