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>>> Thursday's webinar: don't forget to register ! <<<

Delivery of health services at community level:

Country experiences in fragile settings

Thursday April the 2nd, 2020

12 pm (GMT, Liberia) / 1 pm (London, Cameroon)

The webinar (presentations and slides) will be bilingual (English and French) and will end with an open discussion. Participants will be able to ask their questions at the end of the session. It will afterwards be uploaded to the Collectivity YouTube channel.

Looking forward to sharing this experience with you!

The webinar team

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As we have been planning the webinar for the last few months, but we never thought that the whole world will become vulnerable and fragile to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resilience of community health system will be in test along with health service delivery. So it will be very important as a community of practice we join this important discussion and learn from the countries who have managed to bring different community structures in fragile situation.

Emphasis on community health system and particularly those in fragile setting has found a new momentum since the Astana Declaration on primary health care of October 2018. CH-CoP is developing its learning agenda of community health in fragile settings and initiated a webinar in 2018 and a panel at the 2nd International Symposium on Community Health Workers (CHW) in Dhaka, Bangladesh in November 2019, and is continuing the dialogue in its forum. The learning’s from our discussions and activities on this issue have highlighted that in fragile settings there is a need to provide a support structure to CHWs where they can interact with leaders, community-based organizations and other entities of the community.

As the second of our webinars series on this issue, this webinar will highlight key community interventions that are implemented in fragile settings drawing from cross-country examples - Cameroon and Liberia. These community interventions involving multiple local actors are key to accelerate services like immunization among children in case of Cameroon or tacking Ebola in case of Liberia. Community engagement as one of the crucial contributing factor during Ebola epidemic in Liberia highlights that meaningful community engagement in health response efforts is associated with increased trust, improved communication, and continued meaningful community engagement in health activities and initiatives � all necessary conditions for health system resilience.

This webinar can be a starting point to learn and also to get your views about strategies and options at the community level how to handle an epidemic.

Click here to register to the webinar https://itg.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aPhO84THSeSIfB7AKBgbfg

Speakers :

Shalom Ndoula, MD, MPH, is a Medical Doctor and public health officer focused on developing comprehensive primary health care including immunization, reproductive, maternal and child health, nutrition, sanitation and community-based care provision. He has experienced in Health District and Health Program management emergency context. He is currently working for the Cameroon Ministry of Public Health as Regional Coordinator of the Expanded Program on Immunization in the Far-North region.

Dianah Bedell Majekodunmi, RN, BSN, is a registered nurse and public health specialist in community and emergency health and nutrition. Over the last three decades, she has lived and worked in several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. In her current role as Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Partnership for Advancing Community-Based Services (PACS) project in Liberia, Dianah has supported the development of the community health worker curriculum and the roll-out and implementation of the National Community Health Assistant Program (NCHAP) in Liberia.

Yvonne Kodl, MPH, is a public health specialist with over 12 years of experience designing, implementing, and managing donor-funded programs in the health and protection sectors. Several of these projects have included health systems strengthening, community engagement, and emergency prevention, response, and recovery components. Yvonne has worked in a variety of humanitarian settings, and has worked in Liberia for the past six years.

Discussant :

Magali Romedenne, MSc, MPH, has 17 years of working experience in the United Nations System, within two UN agencies (UNFPA and UNICEF), two continents (South East Asia and West and Central Africa), two country offices (Viet Nam and Togo), and two regional offices (WCAR). Prior to joining the UN, she worked in the research field, private sector and civil society Sweden, Kenya, Belgium (home country), Peru, DRC and China. If Magali has an extensive experience in Public Health, she is particularly interested in multi-sectoral and community-based approaches, as well as social norms, Gender and Equity.

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HIFA profile: Sanghita Bhattacharyya is a Senior Public Health Specialist, Community of Practice- Community Health & Public Health Foundation of India. sanghita2214 AT gmail.com