To help women plan and space their pregnancies, our supported community health workers (CHWs) provide comprehensive family planning education and provide contraceptives. This started as a pilot experiment in two districts in Uganda but has been so successful we’ve expanding it across all our operations in Uganda and in several areas in Kenya. Women are provided with the opportunity to access a broad range of contraceptives including condoms, birth control pills and the 3-month injectable Sayana Press, and can also be referred for longer-term and permanent methods.
Through regular home visits from CHWs, pregnant women receive early pregnancy diagnoses, education on maternal health and nutrition, and the opportunity to register (through our app) to receive automated text messages with advice timed to their delivery date. CHWs use a module within the mobile app tailored to pregnancy to flag risk factors and danger signs, and to refer high-risk pregnancies to a proper facility. We work to ensure that all pregnant women attend all antenatal care clinic visits and give birth in a health facility.
September 4, 2023
The Community Health Workers are equipped with educational materials, which they use as a guide on a range of family planning products, how they work, and their side effects.
August 31, 2023
BRAC is transitioning the remaining 1,500 of their CHWs (who do not have DESC support) to government as eCHIS rolls out.
August 31, 2023
CHWs were more active and effective, driven by tech improvements, a stable supply of medicines, improved supervision and intentional data use through regular reviews that resulted in priority follow-ups to low-performing areas or CHWs.
August 25, 2023
What I enjoy most about my job is working together with communities to raise a healthy generation,” she says. She believes most maternal and child health complications can be prevented at the community level, and that inspires her.
August 18, 2023