International Projects

Partnership for the Community Management of Child Health (Prise-C)

CHS Project
Project staff receiving supplies

Overview

CHS worked with local partner, CEID, to strengthen and accelerate the delivery of proven, low-cost child health interventions in three health zones in two Beninese departments (Zou-Collines and Atlantique). The project developed, testing, and implementing innovative strategies to strengthen the health system workforce and community health systems. The project team explored the effects of financial and non-financial incentives in enhancing the performance, engagement, and retention of community health workers providing child health services. The project annually reached an estimated 145,000 children under five.

Key Activities

  • Promoting healthy communities by liaising with community leaders to develop action plans that not only guide community-based activities but also enable measuring progress;
  • Promoting the renewal of memberships in community-based health insurance schemes (“mutuelles”) to distribute the cost of health care among mutual participants;
  • Enhancing the knowledge and skills of health provider teams through training and supportive supervision;
  • Providing supervision and on-the-job tutoring/ coaching to community health workers to improve community-based management of childhood illness and healthy behaviors;
  • Implementing a community-level improvement collaborative to improve community health workers’ performance and retention;
  • Improving processes and tools to reinforce the referral and counter-referral system; and
  • Developing, testing, and implementing cell phone technologies for communication between community health workers and their supervisors to improve performance, engagement, and patient outcomes.

Achievements

  • Completed the baseline survey;
  • Submitted an implementation plan and operations research concept paper to USAID;
  • Held zonal level meetings with stakeholders (Ministry of Health staff, local government representatives, and community members) to inform them of the development of the project’s implementation plan; and
  • Spearheaded the organization of a Ministry-level committee to provide technical support to Prise-C and other projects.

Quick Facts

Geographic Focus
Atlantique and Zou/Collines Departments, Benin

Funders
US Agency for International Development (USAID)