Kwitanda Community Health Project
Community-Led Intervention at the Last Mile
Since 2008, VillageReach has led efforts in the Kwitanda catchment area in Malawi to strengthen the health system at the community and facility levels by increasing health worker capacity, implementing cost-effective interventions, supporting preventative health programs, implementing community-based treatment programs, and improving communication systems between community health workers and health centers. Kwitanda is essentially the last mile, and as such gives us the opportunity to impact health at the community level, to implement proven health interventions with first-hand insight into all key contributing factors. In this sense, Kwitanda is an “innovation incubator,” supported and lead by community members.
VillageReach is currently focused on maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) activities in Kwitanda by
- emphasizing interventions that facilitate greater access to and use of skilled care for pregnancy and birth
- improving infrastructure and community health practices that have direct impact on maternal and child health (such as clean water and sanitation)
- continuing support for community-based health services including village clinics and outreach ANC clinics