Pre-Conference Workshops

Join us for pre-conference workshops on Monday, October 14, 2019

Collecting and Prioritizing Community Engagement Strategies and Interventions to Improve Global Health Security Planning
9:00am -1:00pm | CGPP Kenya, CGPP Ethiopia, IFRC, Anthrologica, CORE Group

The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) was launched in February 2014 to advance a world safe from infectious disease threats, to bring together nations from all over the world to make new, concrete commitments, and to elevate global health security as a national leaders-level priority. GHSA acknowledges the need for a multilateral and multi-sectoral approach to strengthen both the global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease to mitigate the devastating effects of Ebola, MERS, other highly pathogenic infectious diseases. Global health security is a shared responsibility. Its success depends upon collaboration among the health, security, environment and agriculture sectors.

At the November 2018 Ministerial, global commitment to GHSA was renewed through 2024. Since then, priority technical areas have come into focus and include surveillance, laboratory strengthening, biosafety and biosecurity, emergency operations, etc. However, missing from the technical areas is a clear path for community engagement, despite widespread agreement that communities are at the forefront of disease detection, reporting, and containment. Progress to advance nations’ global health security has been at a national level and focused squarely on the biomedical and epidemiological elements of a health system. Active participation by civil society and community health advocates and practitioners has not, until now, been perceived as a high priority. This session will address this by convening CBOs alongside GHSA planners and policymakers to achieve objectives described above. Specifically, CBOs will be briefed on GHSA and called upon to draft recommendations and strategies linking GHSA planning with community-based programming.

How to (and not to do) Quality Improvement for Community Health
9:00am-1:00pm | LVCT Health & Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

This session will build on two of the conference aims: leverage and learn.  Learning is the obvious goal of a skill-building session, and we will include various participatory and interactive approaches that have been used with success in our training workshops and learning events with community-level and sub-county level Quality Improvement Teams, county health managers and national health managers over the past three years to embed the use of these tools and approaches in their day-to-day work. Furthermore, leverage is encapsulated in the quality improvement approaches that will be discussed in that we will highlight that structures for quality improvement of community health services should extend from quality improvement structures at facility level and elsewhere in the community, for example: community health committees.   We hope these approaches will be shared widely and we will be disseminating the electronic copy of the National facilitator’s manual for quality improvement of community health services that  was developed through this project for implementers to use in their future work on the same.  Finally, and crucially, this session advances the overall conference theme in that we strongly emphasize that a key focus of quality improvement of community health services is lifting up community voices and working towards client satisfaction, and in this session we will be sharing the first tool ever to systematically capture a demand-side perspective on the quality of community healthcare.

Understanding Stigma and Promoting Social Inclusion in the Community; Lessons from Uganda and Kenya
9:00am – 1:00pm | RHITES-N, Lango Program, JSI & Kuhenza for the Children

This training program was developed to help communities address the effects of stigma and social exclusion among various demographics in Uganda and as part of the USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services-North, Lango (RHITES-N, Lango) program. Initial participatory research with community members, providers, people living with HIV and TB, and those who experienced GBV indicate that stigma is a major barrier to individuals accessing services. The training and community outreach tools, designed for community outreach agents, address stigma affecting people with HIV and TB, and those who have experienced GBV. The training curriculum is based on the guide Understanding and Challenging Stigma: A Tool Kit for Action developed in the late 1990s by the Academy for Education Development (AED) and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).

Lessons from Kenya show the important role played by traditional healers, religious and government leaders in combatting disability related stigma.  Kuhenza for the Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit in the Kilifi County of Kenya has developed low-cost, 1-day disability training workshops for pastors, traditional healers and government leaders. Trainees learn about disability definitions, causes, treatments and their legal mandate to support and protect children with disabilities in their communities. During the workshop, participants develop action plans that guide them in replacing harmful cultural beliefs and practices with scientifically accurate information and appropriate care and referrals for children with disabilities. Disability advocates identify and link families impacted by disabilities to parent support groups, form disability committees, provide psycho–social support to families impacted by disabilities and give talks on inclusion of PWDS during public gatherings hence promoting social inclusion.

Pre-conference workshops are included in conference registration.