Virtual community health services - for equity and quality in health care in Mali
Strengthening health programs at the community level can play a vital role in addressing the health situation of the hundreds of millions of people living in poverty. Community-based approaches allow Community Health Workers (CHWs) to reach people in need of care in their homes and to provide a kind of psychosocial support that may be absent in clinic-based care. The critical barrier this proposal addresses is the limited utility and effectiveness of household visits by Malian CHWs (relais in French) in routine programs, in Sélingué Health District, 1.5 hours south-west of Bamako, Mali near Lake Sélingué (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_S%C3%A9lingu%C3%A9). We will design and pilot test an intervention package to 1) increase completion of two malaria treatments during antenatal care for pregnant women; 2) improve transport to referral care for women with maternal health emergencies; and 3) promote respectful care and improved counseling by health workers for women during pregnancy, labor and delivery.
Global Health Mentor:
Peter Winch, MD
Director, Social and Behavioral Interventions Program