CommunitiesHealthy 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.
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.
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.
The USAID Community Capacity for Health Program strengthens the local public health system’s capacity to manage community health activities and to support community health volunteers (CHVs).
Community Health Workers in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region of Ethiopia implement an efficient community health information system at their health post after receiving training through MEASURE Evaluation HMIS Scale-Up project.
The USAID DISCOVER-Health Project in Zambia reaches underserved areas with high quality HIV and AIDS, maternal newborn and child health, family planning, and reproductive health services and products at the district and community levels.
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.
Under USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, JSI leads the child health,immunization, and pediatric HIV activities.
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.
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.
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.
JSI worked 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.
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.
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.