Taking health services to people where they live can be critical to improving health outcomes, particularly in hard-to-reach areas and in difficult contexts. For 40 years, we have advanced and supported programs to improve the overall health of communities.
Our approach takes into account the wider social determinants that affect health. Using various methods, including human-centered design, we collaborate with communities and the larger health systems that work to reach those communities.
We implement community-based immunization and child health; malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment; and improved family planning and reproductive health services including counseling. In the aftermath of crises and shocks, such as Ebola, we have developed “community healing dialogues” that convene people to mitigate concerns and reduce stigma.