Emesco Development Foundation runs an elaborate Integrated Community Health Programme that uses the Community Based Health Care (CBHC) approach. The key focus of the programme is to impart knowledge and skills to help communities effectively manage and control preventable diseases. Community members are equipped with knowledge and skills in fields such as Nutrition, Home Management, Environmental Sanitation and Management of Self-help Initiatives. The major activities under the programme are:
- Mobilising communities for better health conditions through adoption of low-cost health care approaches.
- Training of Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs). These are prime health agents in rural settings in terms of disease management and prevention, treatment of simple illnesses, pregnancy monitoring and offering counseling and referral services.
- Formation and training of Community Health Committees (CHCs) to assist in community planning and promotion of better health.
- Supporting Community Health Agents (CHWs) and (TBAs) with basic medical kits to assist in effective delivery of their services to the target population. The implementation of the community health programme of Emesco Development Foundation is always implemented side by side and within the same area where other activities in Agriculture and Water are carried out. This approach has greatly facilitated the quick realization of the much needed improvements in rural livelihoods.