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Saving children’s lives through Care Groups

Welcome to Care Group Info!  Below are our latest materials.

  • PROSHARA 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.

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.