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A Toolkit For Planning By Community Health Committees For Improved Community Health Service Delivery In Nairobi, Kenya

Fellow's Name: 
Emily Muga
Fellows Track: 
HIV Science and Program Management
Fellows Cohort: 
First Cohort

The Project intends to develop a toolkit for strengthening planning capacity of community health committees (CHC) for improved health outcomes in Nairobi province. The aim of the project is to build the capacity of CHC to actively participate in Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MOPHS) annual operational planning and implementation. At present, the in-charge of the health facility where a community unit (CU) is attached, leads the training, development and implementation of community health plans. However, as more CU are being established and attached, the leadership and coordination role that the in-charges’ play in developing CU plans may not be practical as a large number of CUs will be attached to each health facility. Yet the in-charge must also lead the health facility plans and participate in district plans. Communities should therefore be enabled to conduct assessments and plan on their own!

The development of this toolkit will employ participatory approaches. Once drafted and reviewed, user testing will be done through training sessions in two community units in two districts. Lessons from the user testing will be used to finalize the toolkit.

This project will support the host institution (Pathfinder International) improve its work with MOPHS to community level management of Kenya Essential Package for Health (KEPH).  The project is expected to contribute to improved health outcomes by producing a user-friendly toolkit for strengthening the capacity of CHC to effectively and consistently deliver sustainable, integrated, quality health services at community level.