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.
February 19, 2024
In 2023, we entered the second year of our 5-year strategic plan. Our plan centers on supporting governments in strengthening their community health systems by digitizing, skilling, supplying, supervising, and paying CHWs—to scale community health more sustainably. Read to learn more about our work.
December 14, 2023
Overall performance remained on track in our Uganda learning site in Q3. After significant efforts, we had the best tech stability in several years after significant efforts, including continuous timely follow-up of non-reporting community health workers (CHWs) and resolution of emerging tech issues.
December 4, 2023
There is no health center in this village. The closest person we have to a doctor is community health worker (CHW) Judith. We have boat taxis that work on a strict schedule and the rest are for hire.
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.