CHASE Africa believes that every individual has the right to health, where standards and conditions are in place for the realisation of the highest attainable standard of health. The key health principles we maintain in our health care are:
- Availability – the sufficient supply and appropriate stock of health workers, with the competencies and skill‐mix to match the health needs of the population;
- Accessibility – the equitable distribution of these health workers taking into account the demographic composition, rural‐urban mix and under‐served areas or populations;
- Acceptability – health workforce characteristics and ability (e.g. sex, language, culture, age, etc.) to treat all patients with dignity, create trust and promote demand for services;
- Quality – health workforce competencies, skills, knowledge and behaviour, as assessed according to professional norms and as perceived by users.
How we work
We work through partners in Kenya and Uganda, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, to support community-led initiatives in fragile rural environments where there is very limited access to primary health services. They do this through:
Door to Door
Our partners work alongside the Ministry of Health, to recruit, train and manage a network of passionate, local Community Health Workers. These CHWs provide primary health education in the privacy of people’s homes to create awareness and demand for life-saving health services such as vaccinations, maternal and new-born care and family planning. CHWs can also refer community members to local health service providers or request for a backpack nurse to visit the community. In some instances these CHWs engage with people about broader ecological and social issues that impact the community’s overall wellbeing.
Where CHWs have requested a backpack nurse to attend a household, he/she can provide immunisations, cervical cancer screenings, antenatal/postnatal care and family planning services.
Our partners identify areas where communities have limited access to health facilities. With our funding, our partners organise mobile outreach clinics in the rural communities we work in and employ Ministry of Health clinicians to provide a range of primary health services. These include HIV counselling and testing, immunisations, nutrition screening, treatment for malaria, diarrhoea, respiratory infections, skin complaints, worms, some cancer screening and referrals.
- On average, each day clinic provides over 1,000 primary health care services and to date we have reached nearly 800,000 people with those services.