We work with community members to assess, plan, and target areas of priority with
emphases on using low cost local resources. We also enlist the services of
stakeholders who are either directly (e.g., those who were born, originate, or have
family members from the respective communities) or indirectly (with interest to
provide help) related to the specific communities.
To develop a community-based program, it is most logical to work from within the
community using gatekeepers. This is especially true of societies which are ladened
with cultural and traditional practices such as those in Africa. In Liberia, for example,
meeting and getting inputs from chiefs, elders, women organizations, youth
organizations, and other general community members can be the major pathways to
effecting meaningful change.
We work with community members through direct partnership with emphases on
making the community to own projects through planning, development,
implementation, evaluation, and extension of services. The goal is to use community
resources with limited external influences while still recognizing the need for inputs
from other sources.

Dr. Jallah Kennedy and a team of professionals and local residents visited the pilot
sites to conduct need assessment using the Delphi method/technique (two heads
are better than one, or...n heads are better than one) with community members
including national, county, district, sectional, clan, and town/village stakeholders
from March 29-April 18, 2015.
We are in the process of  working with the community members, based on the need
assessment to:
  • Do school health assessments by teachers and community health workers
  • Do community surveillance to identify those with potential health problems
    (emphases on nutritional status, fever conditions, and  diarrhea diseases
    controls) for referral to the local health facility
  • Work with traditional midwives to increase participation in the care of
    pregnant women to reduce the high maternal mortality rate.
  • Do communal farming to produce food (crops, fish, poultry....) for school
    feeding program to help reduce the malnutrition rates. The food will also be
    used to sell to assist with some basic health supplies for the local health
  • Provide educational opportunities to local citizens to get post-secondary
    education/training for health workers, teachers, and agriculture professionals.
Exploring the Roads to Community and Family Health through  Community
Advocacy, Education, Empowerment, Healthcare, Mobilization, Research,
and Training
  • Our approach is to work with the existing health system through the Ministry
    of Health and Social Welfare and local non-governmental organizations to
    strengthen and augment ongoing services. We will be working directly with
    health facility staffs to develop community referrals (e.g., through community
    health volunteers and traditional midwives) and additional innovation
    programs to increase service utilization, training, health education, and
  • The health workers will be part of the core research activities.  
  • Do mobile health in concert with community health volunteers to improve
    vaccination coverage, school health assessment, deworming, anthropometric
    measurements (height, weight, arm/head circumference) for nutritional and
    growth/develoment assessment, vision and dental screening, and sex
    education to particularly reduce teenage pregnancies.
  • Partner with regulatory bodies, pharmaceutical institutions, and research
    institutions to provide commonly used products for first aid services (e.g.,
    specialized oral rehydration solutions, and fever medications) that can be
    kept at homes.
  • Use data from the community and health programs to develop evidence-
  • Database development for health informatics programs to increase timely
    reporting, interpretation, and understanding of trend data.
  • Community-based participatory research approaches
  • Prevalence and cross-sectional studies to measure disease burden
  • We will begin a longitudinal maternal child health study to follow pregnant
    women until children are one year old in November/December 2015.
What We Do
Current  Activities
Community health care workers outreach in
towns and villages to render primary health
Training of nursing school faculty, doctors,
nurses, and other healthcare
Maternal waiting home
Sustainable farming – fish pond, poultry, and
Creating database to improve health
information aggregation, storage, decision-
making, and sharing.
Development of a 5-year longitudinal
maternal  and child health research.
Average Cost of Some of Our
Current and Pending Activities
1.        Village and community health workers
($50.00 for an entire month can provide
outreach to 1000- 5000 people by one of
these volunteers)
2.        Caring for pregnant women and
children ($43.00 can provide THREE MEALS
for 20 pregnant women for ONE DAY in a
maternal waiting home. The pregnant
women leave their villages/towns when they
are about 8 ½ months pregnant to stay near
the clinic until they deliver the baby – this
reduces maternal complication and deaths
especially for high risk mothers and those
living far away).
3.        Outreach and vaccinations for villagers
who cannot reach the local clinics due to, at
times very far distances ($8.00 can provide
gasoline for motorbike for a day for the
vaccinator and midwife/another health worker
to do outreach).
4.        Assist villages/towns and schools to
develop local agricultural programs to reduce
malnutrition and increase food security
($10.25 a day can incentivize 10 community
members to work on a communal
5.        Water and sanitation programs to
reduce malaria and diarrhea diseases
(investing $1.00 in providing good sanitation
services can yield $4-12 return of health and
productivity benefits based on UN data).