Community Child Health


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The Community Child Health Working Group supports the development, documentation and advocacy of strong, truly integrated program approaches that maximize community-based child health impact. The Working Group enhances NGO capacity to:

a) Address the needs of the sick child with a comprehensive approach from prenatal to age five, across the most prevalent diseases, and across the community – facility continuum of care.

b) Run high-quality, evidence-based and well-measured CCM programs, and to collaborate with other NGOs when located in the same country or region to better link with national programs.

c) Strengthen efficient and effective community health systems that deliver packages of maternal child health interventions tailored to address specific contextual needs and opportunities. (Community Health Systems Taskforce)


Alan Talens, World Renew

Alfonso Rosales, World Vision

Fe Garcia, World Vision





    • “A Framework for Integrating Childhood Tuberculosis into Community-based Health Care”: This document developed jointly by the International Union against TB and Lung Disease (The Union), CORE Group’s TB Working Group and Community Child Health Working Group outlines community-based strategies for integrating childhood TB activities with other maternal and child health care services through existing diagnosis and management algorithms. It is now available online at the CORE Group website here.
    • The Community Child Health Working Group sponsored a webinar: "Opportunities for Integration: Health/Nutrition with Psychosocial stimulation" on Early Childhood Development presented by Dr. Aisha Yousafzai on November 15, 2012 and was open to all CORE Group members. The presentation investigated the integration of stimulation, care for development and nutrition in a government community health program in Sindh, Pakistan. The purpose of the presentation was to share the findings from the trial and to discuss the opportunities and challenges for integration in existing programs including adaptation of curriculum, training and supervision, and monitoring.
    • The “CHW Principles of Practice: Guiding Principles for non-governmental organizations and their partners for coordinated national scale-up of community health worker programs” document that is now available online at the CORE Group’s website was developed as a joint effort between World Vision International and the CORE Group Community Child Health Working Group. The document builds on the experience, knowledge and best practices of CORE Group’s Community Health Network including those organizations that have worked the CHW-AIM tool, and reflects comments received during the CORE Group Community Health Network’s 2013 spring meeting. The document also reflects principles being developed by the Global Health Workforce Alliance for countries. This is intended as a framework for advocacy, programming and partnership between implementing NGOs, government and donor agencies working with key CHW cadres in countries for which rapid and urgent scale-up of CHW program is a priority. They aim to guide NGOs to work with existing health structures through strong, long-term partnerships. They also address CHW program issues such as competitive and duplicative working strategies, diverse incentives, parallel services, and diversity in supervision and reporting, among others. View the document here.



      • Increased knowledge and capacity of NGOs to implement CCM and strengthen work with CHWs and community health systems through a series of sessions at CORE Group Fall and Spring Meetings and webinars including: Renumeration and Incentives for Community Health Workers presented by McGill;  A Guide to Family Planning for CHWs and their Clients focused on a new WHO user-friendly guide; CHW Programming Timed and Targeted Counseling presented by World Vision; and Caring for Newborns and Children in the Community: A Training Package for Community Health Workers presented by WHO.
      • Participated in a Community Case Management (CCM) Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting September 16, 2011 convened by CORE Group in partnership with the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) USAID flagship program bringing together twenty-four representatives of CCM implementing partners and stakeholders from nineteen different organizations. The purpose of the meeting was to address key challenge areas identified by those directly implementing CCM in collaboration with country governments. For report and presentation:
      • Contributed to the wide dissemination of the CCM Essentials Guide and Graphic in partnership with the Malaria Working Group.
      • Hosted CHWs at Scale and Care Groups technical advisory group meetings with MCHIP.
      • Participated in the technical taskforce for the “One Million Community Health Workers” campaign and technical report.
      • Linked and contributed to the CHW Central website.
      • Linked to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board Case Management Working Group to advance CCM through global malaria platforms.


      • With USAID support and in partnership with Save the Children, BASICS and MCHIP, finalized and began disseminating Community Case Management Essentials – Treating Common Childhood Illnesses in the Community – A Guide for Program Managers.
      • With CORE Group and MCHIP co-hosted a technical meeting Nov. 20, 2009 to analyse the lessons learned from World Relief and Plan case studies and other IMCI experiences and determine the role and positioning of the Framework in the current child health environment.


      • Hosted a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting on the Role of the C-IMCI Framework in Today’s Child Health Environment. The meeting analyzed the lessons learned from World Relief and Plan case studies and other IMCI experiences and determined the role and positioning of the Framework in the current child health environment. Meeting Summary and  Final report


    • Continued the development of Community Case Management Essentials, with several technical experts contributing detailed guidance on its design, implementation and evauation.
    • In August  CORE Group participated in the Madagascar CCM Review and Inter-Country Exchange meeting hosted by BASICS, in which specific chapters of the CCM Essentials guide were reviewed. The IMCI Working Group hosted several technical updates on topics including:
      • Community Case Management: Research to Reality
      • Community Health Worker Motivation Strategies: To pay or Not to Pay
      • Community Approaches to Child Health
      • Breaking the Policy Barrier

CORE Group helps NGOs and governments effectively reach the community level, integrate community strategies into the national health plan, and respond to new and emerging health issues that arise so that preventable deaths from diseases like pneumonia and measles can be reduced.

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