All of CPI's health work is rooted in the foundational principles and approaches of Health Systems Strengthening (HSS). We support our partners to build and strengthen the key pillars of effective health systems: service quality, delivery and utilization, the health workforce, medical supply systems, leadership and governance, health information systems and research, and health care financing.
We support health providers, including governments and community-based organizations, to work effectively in partnership, harnessing their respective strengths to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) - ensuring that all people have access to needed promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that people do not suffer financial hardship when paying for these services.
Primary Health Care Project Period: May 2015 - Ongoing Donor(s): Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Geographic Coverage: Four townships in Kayin State, Myanmar Approx. Population Coverage: 235,000 people Community Partners International (CPI) leads one of two consortia implementing this groundbreaking project supporting health systems strengthening and convergence through maternal, neonatal and child health care (MNCH) services delivered through the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) and community-based primary care networks in Kayin State. CPI is supporting three local partners operating 69 community-based primary care clinics in Hlaingbwe, Kawkareik, Kyain Seikgyi, Myawaddy townships serving a target population of more than 235,000 people in underserved, vulnerable and conflict-affected communities. Key project activities encompass: the standardization of training curricula and guidelines for MNCH workers; strengthening of coordination mechanisms between MOHS and ECBHOs; convergence activities between MOHS and ECBHOs (including joint pilot projects, training and cooperation for birth registration); training of MNCH workers (including trained birth attendants and emergency obstetric care workers); strengthening of MNCH service delivery (including antenatal care (ANC), delivery, postnatal care (PNC), neonatal care, basic emergency obstetric care, family planning, nutrition, expanded program of immunization for children under five and treatment of common illnesses); provision of essential medicine and supplies, and strengthening of supply chain management systems; strengthening health information systems and routine data collection; establishment of an emergency referral system to enable patient transfers from ECBHO clinics to MOHS township hospitals; establishment of village health committees and community feedback mechanisms; health promotion activities.
Better Health Together Period: January 2019 - December 2020 Donor(s): Access to Health Fund Geographic Coverage: 718 villages in Kayin and Mon States, Myanmar Approx. Population Coverage: 315,794 people Better Health Together (BHT) is a CPI project to strengthen health systems and improve access to integrated, quality health services in conflict-affected, underserved and hard-to-reach areas of Myanmar. Launched in January 2019, the BHT project builds on the foundations and gains of the Community Leaders Eliminating Artemisinin Resistance (CLEAR) Project, a four year partnership between CPI and Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG) to eliminate malaria in 14 townships of southeastern Myanmar. Under the BHT project, CPI is working to strengthen the health service capacity of six ethnic and faith-based partner organizations in Kayin and Mon States in order to support their role in the implementation of Myanmar's National Health Plan (2017-2021) and the rollout of the Basic Essential Package of Health Services.
Advancing Community Empowerment Period: Aug 2017 - Aug 2022 Donor(s): USAID Prime Organization: Pact Implementing Partners: Community Partners International, Mercy Corps, Save the Children Geographic Coverage: Southeastern Myanmar The Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Burma, supports communities in their empowerment processes by reducing vulnerabilities, promoting community participation in decision making, and strengthening mechanisms for more responsive and accountable local governance. ACE is a five-year, $48 million project funded by USAID and implemented by Pact together with Consortium partners Community Partners International (CPI), Mercy Corps (MC), and Save the Children International (SCI). The project also partners with a broad range of local and regional organizations, service providers, and actors to address community development priorities. CPI is supporting the health care access and service delivery coordination components of the project. Through community-led health promotion, the project advances community engagement with health systems to address their own health priorities and collaborate with formal service providers.
Strategic Purchasing Pilot Project Period: July 2018 - December 2020 Donor(s): Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation, Access to Health Fund, Open Society Foundations Implementing Partners: Karen Ethnic Health Organizations Consortium Geographic Coverage: 31 villages in Kayin State and Bago Region, Myanmar Approx. Population Coverage: 10,304 people This innovative pilot project seeks to test and investigate health service purchasing models that can help ethnic and community-based health organizations operating in hard-to-reach areas of Myanmar to secure sustainable funding from a broader range of sources, including national and international governments, to deliver a basic essential package of primary health services to target communities in their areas. Acting as the 'purchaser', CPI has entered into a 'purchaser-provider' agreement with four community-based clinics operated by the Karen Ethnic Health Organizations Consortium (KEHOC): three in Kayin State (Kyainseikgyi, Kawkareik, Myawaddy townships) and one in Bago Region (Shwegyin township). Under this agreement, these clinics will provide a package of 40 preventive, promotive and curative primary health services encompassing maternal and child health, infectious disease, sexual and reproductive health, non-communicable disease, general health, school health, nutrition and basic dental care to over 10,000 local people registered as patients at these clinics. This purchaser-provide arrangement will continue for a period of 18 months, enabling CPI and KEHOC to identify gaps and weaknesses in the service and purchasing model, establish cost profiles for the per capita delivery of services, and track care pathways and health outcomes of the patients receiving care. CPI is publishing a series of learning briefs to track the progress of the project, and plans to targeted research studies during the project lifetime.
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