Published byAnnette Gerritsen
Published on15 February 2018
Health Committees or Health Centre Committees are potentially critical vehicles for community voice in health systems. They play not only a service and mobilisation role, but can be effective tools to improve the responsiveness and accountability of services – and thus have an important governance role to play.
UCT’s Health and Human Rights programme in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine has been working with Zimbabwean and Zambian partners in EQUINET, on a project under the leadership of the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) to strengthen Health Centre Committees (HCC’s) as vehicles for social participation in health systems in East and Southern Africa (ESA).
This project emerged from the recommendations resulting from previous discussions facilitated under EQUINET and the Learning Network, which identified the importance of strengthening community voice and Health Committee capacity in the region.
It aims to develop a network of practitioners working with HCCs to document, share and make their work more visible; advocate for policy and legal recognition of HCCs, identify and strengthen the diverse range of capacity needs of the committees, communities and the health system, exchange information materials and case studies, and build capacity for tracking, monitoring and evaluation.
UCT undertook to lead the programme reviewing and assembling capacity building materials for Health Committee training. A report, and some of the materials used across the region can be online.
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