The objective of this project is to promote community participation which strengthens community level mechanisms and improves responsiveness of Primary Health Care Facilities. It aims to increase the knowledge of community members regarding the three diseases (HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria) and client's rights, as well as lower access and utilisation barriers which will improve the quality of community level primary care.
Activities are as follows:
1. Strengthen community-level mechanisms
Providing training to village health support groups (VHSGs) on community participation and referral systems, developing community mapping and service directories and facilitating regular meetings of the community partnership forum and village health support groups. We also provide financial support to assist members to participate in meetings.
2. Improve responsiveness of primary health care facilities
Organize regular bi-monthly meeting of community partnership forum to discuss right holders, counselling and reporting.
3. Increase knowledge about the 3 diseases and client's rights
Assisting the poor and marginalised in presenting their concerns to commune councils, organise quarterly community forums to discuss the client's rights and ensure that health care operational districts train health care providers in the rights of the client.
4. Lower access and utilisation barriers
Referring patients to appropriate health care services
5. Improve the quality climate for community level primary care
We help to drive the policy debate on health issues at national and sub-national levels through providing financial support to members of village health support groups to participate in meeting at this level.
Expected results: 150 village health support group (VHSG) members and 30 health community members will be selected, trained on client and provider rights, trained by staff on the client’s rights and on health related issues, and they will attend every bi-monthly VHSG meeting organiszed by HACC partners. It is also expect that 35 community members, including village health support groups (VHSG) will attend the quarterly HCMC meeting organised by HACC partners. It is expected that 36 patients in every quarter will receive support by VHSG to access this health care.