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We set out to address the health concerns of the farming communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) had invested in agricultural and economic development. 
The health and wellbeing of communities is es

We set out to address the health concerns of the farming communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) had invested in agricultural and economic development. The health and wellbeing of communities is es

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Thanks so much Chioma and Lwala! We have scheduled some informal key informant interviews with cooperative members this week to understand the context in Kirotche and Katana health Zones. From HEAL Africa's experience on Idjwi island, however, we know that significant barriers to accessing maternal and child health care there do include finance, geographic distance and poor road conditions, as well as quality of care. This is why HEAL's Safe Motherhood program incorporates components to support health zone supervision and management, to supplement essential meds and equipment, and to train nurses, as well as reinforcements to the existing referral system from traditional birth attendants to bring women into clinics, in addition to addressing the demand side of services (through insurance cooperatives and behavior change communication for essential family practices). It's a really important point though that you both make - we will address these assumptions about access in our upcoming prototype. We do welcome any insights from Lwala Community Alliance experience. Cheers!

Hi Chioma and thank you for your pertinent questions. I've posted our responses in PDF. We will be prototyping based on responses to informal key informant interviews scheduled for this week with cooperative members and with experienced implementers of insurance programs.

Hi LifeNet! I know you're work from Burundi and admire your model and its proven success there. Just curious - after having worked with Ministry of Health here in DRC - are there any national policies or strategies that your curriculum might fit into or link to in Uganda? It could help you to frame the idea in terms of efforts already underway in the country...I know that LifeNet has a lot of experience developing partnerships with clinics run by public sector and civil society groups and would imagine each partnership you build is tailored to fit within partner strategic vision and goals. Would be interesting to look at the human resource-related components of the ministry of health plans and see how you might tie your curriculum into theirs or explain your curriculum in terms they use to describe their own vision for the health system in Uganda.