WHAT IS COMM? Community Committees
COMM is a generic title given to a health-focused community group empowered to coordinate and manage activities leading to improved overall community health, and strengthened civil society. In most cases, COMM programming is carried out through an existing community health group; often a Ministry of Health-led and supported ‘Village Health Committee”. Illustrative objectives of a COMM may include:
- Provide a support system for CHWs and other community health volunteers
- Assess and track the community health situation
- Mobilize the community for improved health
- Respond to barriers to health-related behavior change at community level
- Assist with communication to and from the health system and the local administration
- Advocate around issues leading to improved health systems
Given World Vision’s focus on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) priorities, COMM programming has been designed to assess, track and respond to the health situations of these specific target groups.
Where We Implement COMM
April 2016 Webinar Update on COMM:
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Tool can be used to assess functionality and guide improvement in programs working with CHMCs; provide action planning and best practices to assist in strengthening CHMC programs; identify the location of functional CHMC programs and gaps in coverage
This tool has been developed to help Ministries of Health and supporting organizations to assess community and health facility committee program functionality against 14 elements deemed essential for program success; to review the scope of roles and responsibilities intended for the groups; to identify existing program strengths, and to address those elements assessed as weak.
This manual has been prepared for those who will be responsible for the capacity building and mentoring support of community health groups, referred to as COMMs.
This guide should be used by certified trainers to instruct facilitators, who will, in turn, carry out capacity-building sessions with COMMs in the field.