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Entries in Health (65)

Monday
Apr202015

Delivering Health Microinsurance through Savings and Internal Lending Communities: An Evaluation of CRS' Experience in Benin

Delivering Health Microinsurance through Savings and Internal Lending Communities: An Evaluation of CRS Experience in Benin   

In Benin, the average household spends more than 40% of its total budget on out-of-pocket health expenses each year.

Catholic Relief Services and partners piloted a health microinsurance product and delivered it through savings groups in Benin. We introduced a digital solution to improve efficiency and scalability. This document evaluates the project's ability to increase access to health services among rural households.

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Monday
Mar232015

Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children Affected by HIV and Other Adversities

   This brief gives an overview of the Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children) project. 4Children is a five-year, USAID-funded project designed to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS and other adversities.

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Tuesday
Feb032015

Engaging Men to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health

  

Because of their roles as decision makers and heads of household, men play an important role in improving maternal and child health care in their communities. This facilitator's guide focuses on training male volunteers to become "counselors" who encourage fathers to change practices or adopt new behaviors that will help improve the health of their wives and children.

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Tuesday
Sep162014

Connecting the Dots: A Family Care Model That Protects Children 

  

This audio-enabled powerpoint presentation describes the process of creating the IMPACT program’s community systems strengthening approach to child protection.

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Tuesday
Sep092014

Integrating Agriculture and Nutrition Programming: Approaches and Lessons Learned

  

Catholic Relief Services commissioned Tufts University to review selected CRS programs. The objective of the review was to determine the degree of integration between nutrition and agriculture and document approaches used for integrating programming. This brief describes some of CRS’ approaches for integrating agriculture and nutrition programming within the context of 4 of Herford’s Guiding Principles for nutrition-sensitive agriculture and rural development.

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Friday
Aug292014

Education Drop-in Centers: Communities Promote Learning and School Attendance 

  

Though not a part of the original program design, the USAID and PEPFAR-funded Integrated (HIV Effect) Mitigation and Positive Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) program in Malawi responded to poor academic performance and high drop-out rates among orphans and vulnerable children in program areas by providing support to educational drop in centers and had very positive results. This brief outlines the IMPACT approach and tips for implementation.

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Friday
Aug292014

Community Health Days: One-stop Shopping for Health and Wellness 

  

As a part of the USAID and PEPFAR-funded Integrated (HIV Effect) Mitigation and Positive Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) program in Malawi, community health days were held in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and community leaders in hard to reach areas. This brief outlines the program’s community health day approach, how community health days were improved based on learning, and the key results achieved from this program initiative.

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Thursday
Aug282014

Invite Them and They Will Come: Individualized Invitations Bring men to Antenatal Care 

  

Recent efforts to engage husbands antenatal care decisions have been met with limited success. The USAID and PEPFAR-funded Integrated (HIV Effect) Mitigation and Positive Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) program in Malawi took a new approach – sending a letter from the antenatal care nurses requesting the husband’s presence at the next antenatal care appointment. This brief discusses the approach, implementation challenges, and tips for implementation.

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Thursday
Aug282014

Using "Love Letters" to Increase Male Involvement in Antenatal care 

  

Love Letter is a practical, scalable method for increasing male involvement in antenatal care (ANC). It involves providing a formal, individualized invitation to men, asking them to attend ANC with their wives. This 12-minute audio-recorded presentation provides implementation guidance.

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Thursday
Aug282014

There’s an App for That: A job aid for Community-based PMTCT Care

  

The USAID and PEPFAR-funded Integrated (HIV Effect) Mitigation and Positive Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) program developed a pilot mobile application to streamline and individualize a manual developed by the Ministry of Health for health surveillance assistants. This brief discusses the development and rollout of the application, the challenges experienced while using this application, and tips for implementation.

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Tuesday
Aug262014

HIV Programming Comes of Age: The Malawi Experience of Co-locating HIV and Livelihoods Programming

  

Malawi is the only country where co-location of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and USAID’s Food for Peace resources has taken place at scale. This study looks at co-location through two CRS-led community-based programs: the Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) and the Integrated (HIV Effect) Mitigation and Positive Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) programs.

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Tuesday
Aug262014

The Expert Client Model: Peer-based Support to the Continuum of HIV Care in Malawi

  

Through the USAID-funded Integrated (HIV Effect) Mitigation and Positive Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) program and with the support of a joint Ministry of Health ART/PMTCT Technical Working Group Task Force, CRS developed and implemented a peer-based task-shifting approach known as the Expert Client model. This report includes findings from a formal study on the approach as well as monitoring data, reports, success stories and other literature on the effectiveness of this approach over three years.

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Monday
Aug252014

A System that Protects Children: Connecting the Dots on Child Protection

  

As a part of the Integrated (HIV Effect) Mitigation and Positive Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) program in Malawi, CRS and partners implemented an approach to create a protective net for vulnerable children across nine districts. This brief describes the IMPACT program’s approach to child protection, addresses program implementation challenges, and provides tips for implementation of similar programs.

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Monday
Aug252014

Vulnerability in the era of ART: Learning from Co-locating HIV and Livelihoods Programs

  

CRS led two programs in the same communities in Malawi for four years: the FFP-funded Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) program and the PEPFAR-funded Integrated (HIV Effect) Mitigation and Positive Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) program. This brief describes the results of a qualitative study on the experiences and benefits of integration of these two programs.

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Monday
Aug252014

Expert Clients: Supporting the Continuum of Care in Malawi 

  

As a part of the Integrated (HIV Effect) Mitigation and Positive Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) program in Malawi, CRS and partners have introduced an Expert Client model to improve retention in care, increase uptake of HIV services, reduce service provider workload and strengthen referral linkages. This brief describes IMPACT’s Expert Client program model, outlines research results on its effectiveness, and lists suggestions for future implementation.

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