RuralImproving access to high-quality health care in underserved communities is JSI’s mission and we work toward that goal every day. We strive to improve health outcomes in even the most rural communities globally. Through our work over the past 30 years, we have developed a deep understanding of the health systems and community mobilization challenges in rural areas, such as widely dispersed communities and distance to available health care centers.
JSI’s work reflects an intimate understanding of these underserved areas, and our interventions are tailored to the diverse communities and varied cultures in which we operate. We apply our experience to rural community projects that center on health system strengthening across a wide range of service areas, including family planning, food security, HIV, maternal and child health, malaria, and TB.
Depending on a country’s system, JSI assesses various approaches that meet people’s needs in rural communities, and finding long-term solutions to improving health services for women, children, and families, and ultimately reducing maternal and newborn mortality at the community level. Our programs train district managers and supervisors, community health workers, and volunteers, to ensure that rural communities receive the highest level of care available to them.
We have introduced new and innovative financing mechanisms to enable access for those who are impoverished, and worked on activities such as supportive supervision to improve the quality of care provided by rural and community health providers and volunteers. We have not only improved the infrastructure of rural health posts by providing equipment and renovation when necessary, but also strengthened logistics systems, and conducted monitoring, evaluation, and research to ensure our work is on target and achieving results.
In Sierra Leone, JSI is strengthening critical community-based health services post-Ebola, with emphasis on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and demand generation.
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 case management of malaria helped reduce illness and death in pregnant women and children in malarial zones.
Under USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, JSI leads the child health,immunization, and pediatric HIV activities.
The Timor-Leste Health Improvement Project mobilizes community members and partner organizations to improve health infrastructure and services in one of the country's most remote regions.
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 LAUNCH program in Liberia trained field workers to use mobile technology to collect and store important data about the health and nutrition of people in their communities.
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's STAR-EC project implements a comprehensive initiative to promote Safe Male Circumcision procedures in an effort to improve health outcomes and reduce the spread of HIV in East Central Uganda.
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.
The Last 10 Kilometers project organizes local task forces in rural Ethiopia that work together to identify and overcome obstacles to maternal health initiatives in their communities.
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.