JSI RESOURCES: Publications

Innovative Community-Based Strategies for Improved Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health: Bridging families and communities to primary health care


L10K tested innovative approaches on a small scale in select kebeles and, when proven effective and feasible, scaled and implemented the community-based strategies in 115 woredas (including more than 3,000 kebeles and reaching over 20 million people). The strategies aimed to improve and streamline interactions between frontline health workers, the Women’s Development Army, and families and include interventions such as non-financial incentives for community health promoters (CHPs) and WDA members, Community-based Data for Decision Making, family conversations, and a community-based birth notification system.

These community-based interventions became L10K’s platform strategy and the project designed, tested, and implemented them in collaboration with health system actors and local sub-grantees from the four agrarian regions: Amhara; Tigray; Oromia; and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region. The essential components of the strategy strengthen the skills of HEWs, through regular supportive supervision and performance reviews, and provide them with tools to aid their work and their support to CHPs/WDA volunteers (for negotiation and communicating key health messages). In partnership with 12 local civil society organizations, L10K used these strategies to help frontline health workers and communities work together to improve the accessibility, efficiency, and equity of RMNCH services to improve health outcomes in Ethiopia.

Partner with Us

We strive to build lasting relationships to produce better health outcomes for all.