Communities

Healthy lifestyles can increase individual lifespans and quality of life, and community groups and volunteers can lead the way. JSI has been engaged with communities around the globe through wide-ranging projects that address the promotion of health and the prevention of disease in places where people live, learn, work, and play. JSI works with communities to increase capacity for volunteers, health workers and community coalitions, as well as implement health strategies, undertake essential research and evaluations, expand policy skills, and strengthen leadership.

Many countries look to community health workers and volunteers to serve as frontline local health resource persons who provide community-based health education and services. They increase awareness of healthy behaviors among their neighbors, identify pregnant women and refer them for prenatal care, identify and treat children with pneumonia, coughs and colds, as appropriate, and administer some basic services, including family planning.

JSI staff have also trained and assisted community residents to access and apply environmental health information relevant to their locale. We have aided in the development of model programs for environmental health outreach in underserved communities. Using a train-the-trainer approach, for example, we have implemented a program to improve the capacity of community-based organizations to improve environmental health conditions.

Through community collaborative efforts, we participate in the formation of income generating activities, social mobilization actions in nutrition, immunization efforts, improvement of hygiene and sanitation, better waste management, enhanced drinking water treatment, malaria prevention, and strengthened family planning services and implementation, and more.

Highlights

PROJECT
View details: USAID/PEPFAR SAFE: Supporting an AIDS-Free Era

USAID/PEPFAR SAFE: Supporting an AIDS-Free Era

In Zambia, JSI will work to reduce HIV mortality, morbidity, and transmission, while improving nutrition outcomes and family planning integration in three provinces: Central, Copperbelt, and North-Western.

FEATURE
View details: Blog: Delivering life-saving medicines through mobile

Blog: Delivering life-saving medicines through mobile

In a piece written for the UN Foundation Global Accelerator blog, SC4CCM project director Yasmin Chandani shares how cStock, a mobile- and web-based logistics monitoring and reporting tool is transforming child health outcomes in Malawi.

PROJECT
View details: DREAMS Innovation Challenge Funds Manager

DREAMS Innovation Challenge Funds Manager

JSI builds the capacity and monitors the progress of 46 organizations that received DREAMS Innovation Challenge sub-awards to reduce HIV infection in young women in Africa who have limited or no access to health care services.

FEATURE
View details: Improving health outcomes in rural Ethiopia

Improving health outcomes in rural Ethiopia

The Last 10 Kilometers project organizes community members in the Kersa Harbu Kenne kebele of Ethiopia to install electric lights in village health clinics to increase the safety of nighttime childbirth.

PROJECT
View details: Ethiopia Integrated Family Health Program Plus

Ethiopia Integrated Family Health Program Plus

Through IFHP Plus, JSI is improving maternal and child health and increasing the availability and quality of services, products, and information, and strengthening the national health system to support local health needs.

FEATURE
View details: Empowering individuals while treating communities through local health workers; Nepal

Empowering individuals while treating communities through local health workers; Nepal

A young woman from Ramnagar, Nepal is trained as a community health worker by the Nepal Family Health program, empowering her to improve health outcomes in her village, and overcome stigma engendered by the Nepalese caste system.

PROJECT
View details: New Vaccine Introduction for Gavi (Gavi-NVI)

New Vaccine Introduction for Gavi (Gavi-NVI)

The New Vaccine Introduction (NVI) for GAVI supports the introduction of the HPV vaccine, pentavalent vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), and rotavirus vaccine in three countries.

PROJECT
View details: Advancing Partners & Communities (APC)

Advancing Partners & Communities (APC)

JSI is supporting and advancing community programs in more than 30 countries that seek to improve local health services, especially those related to family planning.

PROJECT
View details: Innovations for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health - Global Research Partner

Innovations for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health - Global Research Partner

JSI is the global research partner for Innovations, providing technical oversight and support for research, monitoring and evaluation, and portfolio-level learning across nine projects.

PROJECT
View details: Timor-Leste Health Improvement Project

Timor-Leste Health Improvement Project

JSI is working with the government to strengthen a broad array of basic health services in this conflict-affected nation including infectious disease prevention, nutrition, maternal and child health, and family planning.

PROJECT
View details: Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING)

Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING)

SPRING is scaling up high-impact nutrition practices and policies by providing technical support on preventing stunting and maternal and child anemia, linking agriculture and nutrition, and changing behavior through communication.

PROJECT
View details: Madagascar Community-Based Integrated Health Program (CBIHP -also called MAHEFA)

Madagascar Community-Based Integrated Health Program (CBIHP -also called MAHEFA)

Madagascar is one of the world's poorest countries, with 80% of the population living in remote, poverty-stricken areas. JSI implements this program to improve access to and use of health services and safe water, hygiene, and sanitation.

PROJECT
View details: Liberian Agricultural Upgrading, Nutrition and Child Health (LAUNCH) Project

Liberian Agricultural Upgrading, Nutrition and Child Health (LAUNCH) Project

LAUNCH is a USAID Food for Peace (FFP) program that aims to improve food security of vulnerable people living in the rural Bong and Nimba counties of Liberia.

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