Management for health services delivery

Partnerships management: Involving communities

Communities & programs

  • Involvement/community participation in hygiene and water in Central and Western Africa
    2006, WHO Regional Office for Africa
    The success keys to community involvement are: responding to needs; capacity of the community to get organized; responsibilities and role definition of every stakeholder; financial resources available; human resources development at all levels. (8 pages, pdf 510kb)
  • Community Mobilization: Improving Reproductive Health Outcomes
    pdf, 48kb

    2006, The ACQUIRE Project, USAID
    Some lessons: Allow adequate time for the process; define who participates and how; recruit effective leaders, community representatives, and volunteers; have skilled facilitators; understand sociocultural context.
    (2 pages)
  • Community Involvement in Rolling Back Malaria
    Dr Lulu Muhe, 2002, WHO/CDS/RBM/2002.42
    Fundamentals of community-based actions; broadening partnerships; building upon experience; community-level intervention channels; linkages between communities and the district health system; district capacity for RBM community actions; community self-monitoring and decision-making; communications strategy; policy framework to enable community actions; advocacy and resource mobilization; government stewardship; social marketing; franchising and other mechanisms; equity; malaria ‘priority interventions’ for community action
    (38 pages, pdf 356kb)
  • Community Involvement in Tuberculosis Care and Prevention - Towards Partnerships for Health
    2008, WHO
    This publication provides guiding principles for WHO Member States to promote the involvement of people with tuberculosis (TB) and the community in TB care and prevention. These recommendations are designed to support health policy-makers – and patients’ groups and local partners – in including community involvement activities in national strategic plans to control TB. The recommendations also offer advice on how to fund this work and successfully scale up approaches that have worked effectively.
    (93 pages, pdf 800kb)
  • Community and patient involvement in TB care and prevention
    WHO website
    Community involvement means a shared responsibility for individual and public health by the people and the health services. Health services can strengthen the community's capacity to act, and foster long-term sustainability of such participation, through educating people on the problems and discussing their possible solutions, and by encouraging community self-reliance and ownership of health initiatives.
  • Working with individuals, families and communities to improve maternal and newborn health
    2003, WHO
    Part 1 of the document defines the concepts, values and guiding principles. Part 2 presents strategies, settings, and priority areas for intervention. Part 3 proposes an implementation process; and, finally, Part 4 considers the role and functions of WHO.
    (58 Pages, pdf 771kb)