Kesetebirhan Admasuemail, Taye Balcha, Haileyesus Getahun

Model villages: a platform for community-based primary health care

The Lancet Global Health



Extract: ‘Model households refer to families that have embraced locally tailored health behaviour criteria (eg, having children vaccinated, constructing and using latrines, and sleeping under mosquito nets). There is a critical mass of nearly 3 million model households that have graduated over the years. Building on this concept, participatory engagement of women’s groups to disseminate health information and facilitate uptake of critical health services was initiated in 2012. This movement, commonly referred to as the health development army (HDA), is led by a group of women volunteers who are from model households and complement the work of HEWs and further augment the engagement and leadership of community members in their own health.’

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