A holistic approach to improving community health in Guinea
This article originally appeared on Africa Health and was written by Taylor M. Snyder, MPH, Senior Technical Advisor, eHealth Africa
eHealth Africa (eHA) is driven by the philosophy that focusing on improving the overall basic standard of healthcare, rather than using a disease-based model of healthcare, can lead to population-wide health improvements that achieve value for money.
eHA Guinea’s Integrated Community Health Pilot (ICHP) implemented connected reforms in order to improve community health at scale through sustainable platforms. ICHP was funded by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and its project realisation phase was less than one year. The Guinean Ministry of Health (MOH) was critical to the project’s success, as they were engaged from ICHP’s onset and selected the subprefecture of Timbi Touni as the pilot’s site. Continuously engaging the Timbi Touni community to collaboratively implement evidence-based and locally-adapted solutions was key to achieving health infrastructure and medical supply improvements, connectivity and the digitisation of health data, and healthcare worker (HCW) capacity building.
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