Helping communities design and implement low-cost solutions to improve community health is a significant part of NCBA CLUSA work. Solutions to health problems are more effective and sustainable when local communities identify their most pressing health problems and work together to seek remedies. NCBA CLUSA's interventions focus on expanding access to health services by creating and strengthening community-based institutions and linking these grassroots institutions with local service providers.
The NCBA CLUSA approach integrates community organization, cooperative and participative governance, small-business development and management, and health-service delivery through group enterprises. Community health committees and grassroots institutions are established to provide community-led health programs focussed on priorities identified by those being targeted, taught and treated. These organizations also mobilize local resources for health issues, assist the community in securing better supplies and increase household revenues for the local community.
Working in Kenya since 2001, NCBA CLUSA has trained village and community health workers to provide access to basic health services formerly not available to remote communities. NCBA CLUSA is building a sustainable path toward improved access to health services based on local engagement founded on cooperative principles.
Current Community-based Health Projects
Indonesia: Cooperative Water for Sanitation and Health (CoopWASH)
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