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Kabeho Mwana Expanded Impact Child Survival Project in Rwanda: The Kabeho Mwana “Life for a Child” project — funded by USAID and led by Concern Worldwide in partnership with World Relief and the International Rescue Committee – regularly trained and supervised 12,976 Care Group Volunteers (including CHWs) in 660 Care Groups in six districts ofRwanda. While the primary focus of the project was the scale up of integrated community case management for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea using government-sanctioned CHWs, Care Groups were the main vehicle for community mobilization and behavior change communication (BCC) and helped to integrate preventive and curative functions of the CHWs. The video that follows emphasizes the community case management component of Kabeho Mwana. For more description of how Care Groups were used and modified to align with MOH strategy, please click here.
Malawi I-LIFE Care Group Project: The I-LIFE Project used Care Groups to reach people in seven food insecure districts in Southern Malawi. The project was led by a consortium of 8 NGOs: Africare, American Red Cross, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Emmanuel International, Save the Children, Salvation Army, and World Vision. Care Group and modified PD/Hearth activities were only added at midterm in this project, and were in effect for only a year by the time of the final evaluation. Seven thousand Care Group Volunteers were trained in 662 Care Groups. Coverage was not universal but fairly high with 69% of children reached by the Care Groups. Nonetheless, an in-depth study of child feeding and care carried out among target villages in one I-LIFE program area (Heppleston, 2008) provided further evidence of positive Care Group impacts on infant feeding practices, including breastfeeding and appropriate use of complementary foods. A 27% decline in underweight was seen over the life of the project, but stunting was not reduced. See their video below.
Care Group Indicator Gap Closure: This presentation compares the indicator gap closure (i.e., performance index) on 13 “Rapid CATCH” indicators measured by 58 USAID-funded child survival projects ending between 2003 and 2009, and nine child survival projects (most from the same period, but one ending in 2010) using Care Groups. The results are striking, and further confirm the value of Care Groups for bringing about behavior change. Since this original analysis, statistical analysis was done to determine whether the differences noted in the presentation were statistically significant. The sample size of Care Group projects was small, but there was a statistically-significant difference (p<0.05) between the overall performance index (all indicators) and also for the exclusive breastfeeding indicator. (Please note that not all of the indicators used remained the same over time (e.g., HWWS), but the comparison was done using the original Rapid CATCH indicator list for which we had data for the CSHGP projects.)
Results in Improving Hand Washing with Soap Using Care Groups: This presentation describes the results of the CORE Group Social & Behavioral Change Working Group’s “Powerful to Change Analysis” of Hand Washing with Soap, looking at USAID-funded child survival projects that have had the best results in HWWS in order to identify some of the common elements in their approaches. One commonality in these projects was having a systematic home visitation strategy (as used in Care Groups).
CareGroupInfo.org Presentation Slides: To download a .zip file of most of the presentations on this website (without narrations).
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