Community health and primary health care

15 September, 2021

Dear Friends and Colleagues with an Interest in Community Health and Primary Health Care:

You are receiving this because I have included you on a liststerv knowing of your interest in community health and primary health care. As you probably know, from time to time I send out articles that I have helped to produce as well as some other articles that I think are particularly important.

Attached [*] is an article that my colleagues and I recently published, led by Dr. Ivy Mushamiri. This is a systematic review of the effectiveness of community-based approaches to improving HIV/AIDS outcomes for mothers and children in low- and middle-income countries. The findings highlight the advantages of adding community-based elements to HIV-control interventions for mothers and children. You can also access it at this link.<> This article is the culmination piece of a series of articles that my colleagues and I have been working on for more than a decade. The earlier eight articles <> (see Research Theme 5), which focused on the effectiveness of community based approaches to reducing mortality of mothers and children, were published in 2017 in the same journal as the Mushamiri article (Journal of Global Health). The articles were also made into a book<>, which is downloadable from the internet.

The second article, also attached [*], by Krassanairawiwong and colleagues (including our Johns Hopkins colleague Krit Pongpirul), provides a firsthand view of the stunning contribution of Village Health Volunteers to COVID-19 pandemic control in Thailand.

I hope you find these articles of interest. Please feel free to share these with your colleagues.

Warm regards,


Henry B. Perry, MD, PhD, MPH

Senior Associate, Health Systems Program

Department of International Health

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Baltimore, MD, USA 21205 ; 443-797-5202

HIFA profile: Henry Perry is a Senior Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA. Professional interests: Community health and primary health care. hperry2 AT

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): HIFA does not carry attachments. The paper from Thailand is freely available here: ]