Improving Community Health

Reporting Organization:Save the Children Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 4,920,404
Timeframe: January 14, 2012 - February 29, 2016
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Marlen Mondaca
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Save the Children Canada

Participating Organizations

  • Government and Public Sector

    • Government of Mali - Ministry of Health

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Mali - $ 2,460,202.00 (50.00%)

Pakistan - $ 2,460,202.00 (50.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Primary Health Care (57 %)

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (43 %)

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This project aims to improve the health and nutrition of newborns, children under five, and women of reproductive age in the Segou region of Mali, and in the Swabi district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan by improving the availability and use of health and nutrition services at the community level. Benefiting an estimated 330,000 children, 161,000 women and 1,600 local Ministry of Health workers, the project promotes the use of quality health, nutrition and family planning services, and improved health, nutrition and family planning behaviours of caregivers and family members. Activities include: training local Ministry of Health partners to support and supervise community health workers; training community health workers to assess and treat sick children, and provide family planning services; and educating families about healthy behaviours, signs of illnesses and seeking care. Save the Children Canada is working with the Mali and Pakistan ministries of health on this project. This project is part of Canada’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health commitment.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adolescent females Children, girls Children, boys Under-5 children Newborns
Descriptors: Rural
Total Direct Population: 492,600
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11 Training Session
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results


Achieved Results

Results achieved as of September 2013 include: In Mali: (i) training health care facility staff in Community Case Management (CCM), a strategy to deliver lifesaving interventions in communities with limited access to formal health facilities; (ii) conducting a mapping exercise to determine the best placement for community health agent sites and satellite villages within each health district; (iii) providing 11 training sessions for community health agents on CCM of malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea; (iv) conducting five training sessions for supervisors of community health agents on supervising the CCM of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea; and (v) distributing a training guide, supervising guidelines and other tools to supervisors of community health agents to help them effectively fulfill their supervisory role. In Pakistan, (i) providing reference manuals, checklists and toolkits to all of the targeted Lady Health Workers and Lady Health Supervisors trained in four training sessions; and (ii) training 84 out of 96 facility-based healthcare providers on CCM and community based management of acute malnutrition. These results are contributing to increasing access to available and improved quality referral services for severe cases of malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea in Mali and Pakistan, and complicated cases of severe and acute malnutrition in Pakistan; and increasing community and Ministry of Health capacity to manage and support effective health and nutrition programs.


SRHR-related Indicators
  • # of health care service providers trained in SRHR services
  • # of women and girls (age) provided with access to sexual and reproductive health services, including modern methods of contraception
MNCH-related indicators
  • # of district/health facilities that use sex disaggregated data to inform health service delivery
  • %/total of health workers (male/female) trained and using their learned skills
  • %/total of infants (0-5 months) who are fed exclusively with breast milk
  • %/total of mothers, and %/total of babies, who received postnatal care within two days of childbirth
  • %/total of pregnant women receiving treatment for malaria
  • %/total of sick children under 5 receiving treatment for malaria, pneumonia, or diarrhea
  • %/total of women aged 15-49 years with anemia
  • %/total of women attended at least four times during pregnancy by any provider for reasons related to the pregnancy
SDG Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG 3.1.1 Maternal mortality ratio
  • SDG 3.1.2 Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel
  • SDG 3.2.1 Under‑5 mortality rate
  • SDG 3.2.2 Neonatal mortality rate
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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