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Integrated Community programs for Maternal and Child Health, UMC Kissy General Hospital

Integrated Community programs for Maternal and Child Health, UMC Kissy General Hospital

Advance #14536A

#14536A - Providing comprehensive healthcare

Annual Goal:$65,000.00
YTD Gifts:$11,966.62
Partner:The UMC, Sierra Leone Annual Conference

Describe the need affecting the community.

The crisis in human resources for health is one of the most critical factors underlying the poor performance of health systems in resource-constrained settings. This crisis hinders the equitable delivery of effective and quality interventions for SR/MNCAH and other priority health issues. In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) published Working with individuals, families and communities to improve maternal and newborn health, the IFC Framework that promotes integrating the health promotion approach set out in the Ottawa Charter into national maternal and newborn health strategies. Numerous Community Health programs have failed in the past because of unrealistic expectations, poor planning, lack of supportive supervision, and underestimation of resources required to make these programs work.

How will this Advance project help to address the need?

In the national health action plan, malaria, acute respiratory infection, infectious diseases of childhood (immunizable), nutrition-related, water, food and sanitation-borne diseases are priority health problems for the ministry. Health interventions need to reach communities either at home or by encouraging mothers to visit the health facility. The integrated CBPHC program can reduce costs and other barriers preventing communities especially women and children under 52 months from accessing services. Community sensitization creates awareness within communities about a wide range of preventable diseases especially for new born, infants and children. It will encourage them to improve practices like personal hygiene, exclusive breast feeding, better nutrition, the use of insecticide treated nets and appropriate care seeking behavior for children and mothers.

Describe the primary goal of the project.

To provide an integrated functional and sustainable community health care delivery service, efficient, of high quality care that is accessible and affordable to accelerate the reduction of maternal and child health morbidity and mortality.

Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.

? High impact, cost effective, evidence based services that can be delivered successfully in Sierra Leone. ? Diseases that have heavy burden on the Sierra Leone population, considering the effect on children as well as the social impact of the disease (such as epidemics/ outbreaks and adverse economic effects). ? Sustainability of the services in the long term as donors reduce support in the years ahead taking into consideration the hospital's ability to maintain a basic level of health services. ? The need for equity in ensuring that critical health services are provided for all children below five years especially the orphans and vulnerable.

Budget and Financial Information


Annual Advance Financial Goal
Local Financial Support


staff salary top up
Training, drugs, medical supplies
fuel, vehicle maintenance,
communiy sensitization, stationery,utility

Project Contact

Catherine Norman

Global Ministries Contact

Graciela Salvador-Davila
(404) 460-7602