Community Health Planning and Costing: Our Impact

 {Photo credit: Samy Rakotoniaina/MSH}A community health volunteer in Madagascar discusses family planning methods with a client.Photo credit: Samy Rakotoniaina/MSH

Community health workers (CHWs) are a critical part of the health workforce – not only do they bring accessible, quality services closer to where people live but they often serve as the early warning system for epidemics and are responsible for leading effective community responses.

MSH collaborated with UNICEF and the Government of Burkina Faso to develop an investment case for community health services to reduce maternal and child mortality and achieve UHC.

{Photo credit: MSH}Hon. Dr. Riek Gai Kok (Minister of Health, Republic of South Sudan), Colin Gilmartin (MSH), Alfred Driwale (MSH Consultant), and Chair of the Health Parliamentary Committee of the Republic of South Sudan.Photo credit: MSH

South Sudan faces extraordinary challenges to build and strengthen its health system to meet the basic health needs of its people. After decades of civil war, the country faces a critical shortage of trained health personnel,[1] limited access[2] to essential health services,[3] and consequently experiences some of the worst health indicators globally. The majority of childhood deaths are due to preventable causes such as diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia while an estimated one in seven women die due to pregnancy related complications.[4]