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In collaboration with the CORE Group, Food for the Hungry and World Relief created this site to share information, presentations, tools, curricula, and results reports regarding Care Group programs. A Care Group is a group of 10-15 volunteer, community-based health educators who regularly meet together with NGO project staff for training and supervision. Each of these volunteers then go out at least monthly to do health promotion with a small cohort of mothers of young children. They are different from typical mothers groups in that each volunteer is responsible for regularly visiting 10-15 of her neighbors, sharing what she has learned and facilitating behavior change at the household level. Care Groups create a multiplying effect to equitably reach every beneficiary household with interpersonal behavior change communication. They also provide the structure for a community health information system that reports on new pregnancies, births and deaths detected during home visits. The model was created by World Relief in 1995 and pioneered and championed by Food for the Hungry and World Relief since then.
Since 1995, World Relief, Food for the Hungry, and 22 other nongovernmental organizations (see Implementers page) in 21 countries have adopted the Care Group model, largely with the support of the US Agency for International Development. The CORE Group has helped document and disseminate the model, and there has been increased attention to the model and its effectiveness in lowering child deaths (e.g,, see UNICEF’s 2008 State of the World’s Children Report). We hope that this site will help your organization, government, church, or club to create and use Care Groups to help eliminate child deaths in developing countries.
Care Groups Forward Meeting
August 28th at 11:00m EDT
Grana Selvi will share Care Groups Implementation: challenges and solutions in diverse communities of India. World Vision India has been implementing a country-wide technical program to reduce malnutrition and childhood illness from October 2015 ending September 2020. To support the four priority areas – maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition (with a focus on first 1000 days); water, sanitation and hygiene; food security; and system strengthening – we have adopted Care Groups as the model to enhance maternal and child health practices. This program model has been implemented in 9 blocks (sub-division of districts) spread across four states ie. Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.Prior to the rollout of the intervention, a Barrier Analysis was conducted on key behaviors related to complementary feeding among children aged 6-8 months, birth spacing and use of latrines for defecation. After the data analysis, the technical team was trained in Care Group implementation and they are engaged in rolling out the strategy in these 4 states. As a preliminary step, the training materials, flip books, and modules were developed in the local languages – Bengali, Odiya, and Telugu. In addition, the monitoring reports and registers expected to be maintained by the Care Group volunteer, promoter and supervisors were also translated into the regional languages and maintained by them.World Vision India will share information about the implementation of a country-wide technical program to reduce malnutrition and childhood illness from October 2015 and ending on September 2020. To support the four priority areas – maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition (with a focus on first 1000 days); water, sanitation and hygiene; food security; and system strengthening WV India has adopted Care Groups as the model to enhance maternal and child health practices. This program model has been implemented in 9 blocks (sub-division of districts) spread across four states ie. Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana.
- PROSHAR: A Care Group Curricula (Organizational Authors: Project Concern International (PCI), ACDI/VOCA). These materials were used with the Care Group Trio approach in Bangladesh. The Trio model was designed to leverage the role that fathers and in-laws play in decision-making related to health and nutrition behaviors – mothers as the primary caregivers, fathers as the primary supporters of mothers as well as the purchasers of household food and health services, and) in-laws as the primary advisors on maternal and child health and nutrition.
- The Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) Program have published: Care Groups: A Reference Guide for Practitioners. The document can be found here PDF MSWord.
- Perry et al have published two peer reviewed papers in the September 2015 edition of Global Health: Science and Practice. Care Groups I: An Innovative Community-Based Strategy for Improving Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health in Resource-Constrained Settings and Care Groups II: A Summary of the Child Survival Outcomes Achieved Using Volunteer Community Health Workers in Resource-Constrained Settings.
- George et al have published a peer reviewed paper in BMC Public Health. Evaluation of the effectiveness of care groups in expanding population coverage of Key child survival interventions and reducing under-5 mortality: a comparative analysis using the lives saved tool (LiST)
- Ebola Virus Disease Care Group Module: The Ebola Care Group Module is a series of lesson plans and flip charts covering Ebola Virus Disease identification, prevention, control, treatment and recovery issues. Lesson Plans 1-4 are intended for use in countries which have not yet experienced but are at risk for an Ebola outbreak. Lesson Plans 5-9 are designed for use in countries which are currently or have been in the midst of an Ebola epidemic.
- Essential Hygiene Actions – Care Group Curricula for Urban Settings: Jointly developed by Feed the Children, Hesperian Health Guides, and Food for the Hungry for use in urban settings in East Africa, this module contains lessons on: handwashing with soap at critical times; creation of household handwashing stations; deworming; improved water source, water purification, and storage; proper disposal of feces; and healthy play areas to prevent environmental enteropathy.
- Also, see the manual Care Groups: A Training Manual for Program Design and Implementation, now available in English, Spanish and French.