Community-Based Approaches to Health

Transform the health of the world's neglected populations by delivering services at the community level

From rural villages in Malawi to crowded urban slums in Bangladesh, community-based health organizations are delivering interventions to underserved communities around the world. These organizations engage local communities to understand their unique health needs, and use science-based methods to prevent and treat health problems. Their work has proven to accelerate better health outcomes in even the most challenging settings.

Nonprofits Profiled in this Guide

Last Mile Health, which serves communities in post-war Liberia and offers a bold vision for educating community health workers worldwide

Lwala Community Alliance, an organization started by two brothers to prevent needless death and ill health in Kenya, starting with their own community

VillageReach, a leader in Africa of supply chain logistics—a vital yet often overlooked aspect of reaching communities

BRAC Manoshi Project, which has adapted community-based approaches previously used mainly in rural areas to reach women and children in urban slums of Bangladesh

Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health (SEARCH), which has led the way for millions of newborns worldwide to receive a proven home-based package of life-saving interventions, starting in India

The Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed, one of the oldest organizations using these approaches to transform entire villages in India through its proven community development model

Curamericas Global/Curamericas Guatemala, an organization committed to serving indigenous communities in Guatemala that face particular cultural barriers to accessing health services after civil war

Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, which has committed to strengthening an entire system of health in rural Haiti for over 60 years, despite ongoing economic and political turmoil

Partners in Health, which has applied community-based approaches to chronic health conditions such as HIV in Haiti and drug-resistant tuberculosis in Peru, which were previously regarded as untreatable in community settings

Donor Checklist

Below are five effective community-based approaches to health that donors can look for in organizations to fund.