SSDI-Communication worked with SSDI-Services to provide capacity strengthening support to Community Action Groups (CAGs), comprised of community health volunteers, as they implemented the stages of the Community Action Cycle (CAC). Under the supportive supervision of SSDI-Communication and SSDI-Services, CAGs worked with communities to identify health problems and their root causes, prioritize health problems for action, and work together to develop solutions to those problems.
CAG members received training on priority health messages and conducted household visits to engage community members on health topics in their homes. In addition, Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) and other volunteers conducted community meetings on health issues that included drama performances, songs, poems, and other health education activities.
CAGs worked diligently to achieve community-level change. They lobbied with local NGOs, community leaders, parliament members, and their District Health Offices for support to mobilize resources they needed to improve their communities. These included boreholes and shallow wells for safe water, bicycle ambulances to ease transport to a health facility during emergencies, and iron sheets to improve the roofs of shelters and clinics.
Millions Reached through Community Mobilization
SSDI-Communication supported the establishment of 557 CAGs, with a membership of 8,000 CAG members, and provided them with 356 technical supportive supervisory visits. CAGs reached 2,357,470 people at community meetings through drama performances, poems, songs and with integrated messages on six health topics, and 678,924 households with health messages delivered with the support of the Family Health Booklet and Community Health Workers’ Flipchart. Over 50 Traditional Authorities and 557 Group Village Headmen engaged in community mobilization using the CAC with the support of SSDI-Communication.
Below, a community action group member shows off an action plan developed to promote health and wellbeing in their community.