Healthy Communities Initiative, Petit-Goâve, Haiti
The project will provide primary health services through the stationary clinic at Olivier, mobile clinics throughout the 2nd communal section of Petit-Goave, home visits and health posts conducted by community health workers (CHWs), and births attended by traditional birth attendants (TBAs). At the same time, GHA will work with local partners to build a collaborative and integrated health system. The ultimate goal of this project is to integrate clinic-based and community-based health services in Petit-Goâve with public health entities such as the Unité Communale de Santé so that improved coordination, health information exchange and knowledge sharing can lead to better overall health outcomes in the communities served. Specifically, this goal is achievable through three objectives each of which have to do with various aspects of the existing health system. Objective 1: Improve the quality of services provided by the Olivier health center operated by the Methodist Church of Haiti in Olivier through staff training, equipment upgrading, and process improvements. Objective 2: Improve the access to and demand for quality primary care services at the clinic by correctly targeting the communities served by Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs). Objective 3: Improve partnerships between health actors and the communities they serve through greater coordination of health activities. The project will provide primary health services through the stationary clinic at Olivier, mobile clinics throughout the 2nd communal section of Petit-Goave, home visits and health posts conducted by CHWs, and births attended by TBAs. At the same time, GHA will work with local partners to build a collaborative and integrated health system
GHA will conduct health facility assessments and community mapping, both essential steps in building a strong community health system. A health facility assessment of the Olivier clinic will identify needs, resources and gaps in service provision, facility equipment, and staff capacities. This will also ensure that the Olivier clinic meets the standards set by the Ministry of Health (MOH). CHWs will conduct a census of their respective communities to identify and record the number, size, and location of households and to identify community needs in sanitation and hygiene. The CHWs will also begin to conduct health mapping of communities, including vital statistics on births and deaths, disease outbreak, nutrition, pregnancy, and health surveillance. Because Haiti lacks an effective national health surveillance system, the CHWs’ records will establish a critical baseline for health indicators, which GHA will use to track changes in health outcomes over the course of the five-year project
CHWs are provided training, monthly meetings for support and refresher trainings, field supervision, and financial support in the form of a stipend and phone cards. TBAs are provided training, monthly meetings for support and refresher trainings, field supervision, and clean birthing kits.
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