The USAID SQALE Community Health Services Program was a three-year project to improve maternal and child health through a focus on community health systems in Kenya.

Many women die or become disabled because they fail to access the recommended health services – both antenatal and when they give birth. A complex range of factors effect women and children’s access to services. These challenges can be compounded by poor health facilities, a lack of supplies, inadequately trained or poorly motivated staff and lack of referral services. Community health systems and services have the potential to improve maternal and child health but they need support. USAID SQALE supported this effort through a process of Quality Improvement that included capacity building and community engagement. Our aim was to strengthen leadership and coordination at national, county and community levels by embedding a culture of quality improvement practice.

How we supported USAID SQALE

For three years, we were contracted to manage the knowledge management aspect which included the documentation of programme information, capacity building of community members on photography and writing managing the website, writing and editing blogs, writing policy briefs, design work and logo development, strategic planning and staff coordination. We were also in charge of the storage and sharing of information. Of special significance, we attended and documented the final learning event which brought together implementers of the programme from the three  pilot counties and wrote this multimedia report.

Read more about our work on community health

Building a multi-country partnership to conduct inter-country research on community health

Improving data quality in community health programmes: Recommendations from inter-country research

REACHOUT CONSORTIUM and international conferences: How our engagement has prompted positive change

Measuring quality in Malawi’s community health system: Barriers and challenges

Close-to-community providers of health care: increasing evidence of how to bridge community and health systems

The cost-effectiveness of close-to-community health programmes: What do we know and where are the gaps?

“We give out our all for the health of the community”: Supporting community health workers with integrated human resource management