HealthRight International - Kenya

As a partner in USAID's President's Malaria Initiative, HealthRight is working in the North Rift Valley of Kenya to promote malarial prevention and control.  HealthRight works with the Ministry of Health and local community-based organizations in five districts to distribute long-lasting insecticide treated nets, encourage early diagnosis and treatment for malaria, and carry out behavior change communication.  

A major component of HealthRight's behavior change communication strategy is building the capacity of local community-based organizations (CBOs) to carry these messages to hard-to-reach populations.  During my time in Kenya, I launched the CBO sub-grant process, training local organizations in proposal writing and financial accountability and setting up the frameworks for the monitoring and evaluation of their activities and impact. Therefore, in addition to making a positive impact in the malarial deaths in the region, HealthRight is also contributing to the long-term sustainability and success of local empowerment groups.

I also spent a great deal of time in the field with HealthRight staff, observing their training activities and interactions with local community health workers.  Together, we developed some new, interactive, visual training materials for the staff to use to communicate life-saving information to their community health workers, on topics such as malaria, safe motherhood, and newborn care.