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Development Of a Guide For Strengthening Civil Society Organizations Linkages With The Formal Health System

Fellow's Name: 
Rachel Ndirangu
Fellows Track: 
HIV Science and Program Management
Fellows Cohort: 
First Cohort

Weaknesses and gaps in health systems continue to hamper effective responses and scale-up of priority health challenges including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and maternal and child health services hence constraining the achievement of improved health outcomes. A major gap is weak coordination and linkages among the various players in the health systems with a big dis-connect between communities and the formal health system.

In a bid to ensuring better health for Africa, AMREF has been catalysing processes aimed at en-hancing partnerships with Civil Society and participation in health. The increased synergy be-tween the formal health system and the community is leading to improved service delivery and health outcomes through increased referral demand for quality service delivery and utilization of health services. Based on these successes and lessons learnt, this project aims to compile a guide to provide stakeholders with a resource for enhancing community linkages with the formal health system for scale up and replication.

The project will be implemented over a period of eight months running from April to November 2011, at a total cost of US$ 10,000.  Application and adoption of the guide by stakeholders is expected to results in improved services delivery and health outcomes among individuals, households and communities through strengthened referral systems, improved coordination and information sharing.