This project helps link the local church in building awareness & education around community health monitoring, as well as health services in the community. It is a project designed to specifically mobilize women through the local church.
Next year, we will have other integrated initiatives focused on livelihoods and targeting women and other vulnerable persons. This is just beginning in Sri Lanka and Armenia, and also will span Burundi, Benin, DRC, Malawi, and Tunisia over the course of 2021-2022.
One of the unique features of this project is organizing ‘Health Alliances’ and it comprises of church volunteers, community leaders, Community Health Workers (CHW’s), and health care workers from clinics. One of the major tasks of the Health Alliances is to create and promote health seeking behaviors with significant focus on Maternal and Child Health (MCH), Hygiene, Sanitation and general health in the wider communities. In most cases the members of the Health Alliances are women who are trained, equipped and empowered to mobilize communities for collective action for better community health outcomes.
This project began in 2019 and, due to COVID, the local churches have had to make many adjustments. Due to travel restrictions, we don’t have high quality photos or video of the work, which makes it difficult to promote. So anything you/your church can do would help!