In addition to CORE Group's eight technical and cross-cutting Working Groups--which are member-led--we also manage larger projects and initiatives. These initiatives work to link health care practitioners with global policy initiatives and support civil society coordination and action in prioritized countries to increase community health impact at scale.
Once thought to be eradicated, polio continues to threaten the lives of children in several countries including Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, where the disease remains endemic.
Since 1999, CORE Group has been coordinating and mobilizing community involvement in mass oral polio vaccine (OPV) immunization campaigns in high-risk areas and the hardest-to-reach populations of polio-endemic countries.
Millions of children die every year from preventable causes and many low-income countries suffer from a health care work shortage and don’t have access to basic, life-saving information, services and medicines.
Community-based health workers can be effectively trained to diagnosis and treat the most common killers of children. This “community case management” (CCM) approach is designed to be used within certain settings, within a country, in order to reach underserved populations.
CORE Group has been working on CCM with a group of global health experts representing CORE Group’s member organizations, as well as the World Health Organization, USAID, UNICEF, Save the Children, the BASICS Child Survival project, the Africa 2010 project, the Maternal Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
CORE Group is interested in diffusing NGO innovations that demonstrate a proven track record in improving the effectiveness, sustainability, equity or scale of maternal child health outcomes. CORE Group facilitates a peer review of promising evidence-based innovations, provides guidance to ensure that the product will be practical, and supports trainings and diffusion through its Community Health Network so the innovation can be used worldwide.
CORE Group helps manage the Community Health Network Program. Through collaboration and cross-learning, the program strengthens private voluntary organization/ nongovernmental organization (PVO/NGO) capacity in child survival and health programs and enhances technical resources, strategies and exchanges of member organizations and their local partners in infant, maternal and child health, nutrition, family planning, HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases.
Since 2007, CORE Group has been a partner in the larger Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness (H2P) Initiative, with the goal of building humanitarian response networks and ready-to-use tools to enable community-level response to a pandemic event.
The H2P Initiative comes at a critical time; In June 2009 the World Health Organization declared the first influenza pandemic in over 40 years.