The Pediatric-Adolescent Treatment Africa (PATA) and the Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF) have worked across 9 countries and facilitated 36 clinic-community collaborations through their partnership on the three-year Clinic-CBO Collaboration (C3) Programme, which aims to strengthen partnerships between clinics and community-based organisations (CBOs) to improve paediatric case finding and HIV treatment.
Together, PATA and PACF have identified how clinical-CBO collaborations at the local level can transform health responses. These experiences and processes are described in the Clinic-Community Collaboration Toolkit and accompanying Be Connected e-learning course.
The toolkit provides a simple step-by-step guide to assist health providers, community-based staff, and local coordinators to initiate, expand and improve upon joint activities and action plans based on the three-year C3 experience. It offers a practical “how to” application of the methodology of working together that is centred on cooperation, joint planning and structured partnership.
While the toolkit has drawn on lessons from the implementation phase of the C3 programme, which aimed to strengthen linkage and retention along the PMTCT and paediatric treatment cascade, its intention is to be applicable to all target populations and service areas. The toolkit provides transferrable building blocks for cooperative planning, implementation and monitoring of community engagement strategies and activities.
The toolkit has also integrated lessons and contributions from key stakeholder projects and is very grateful to EGPAF, Aidsfonds and Engender Health, who have each contributed significant time and effort into its development. The toolkit will continue to be applied across the second phase of the C3 programme, providing a community of practice on community engagement that is open-source, online and widely available. The toolkit will also be complemented by an interactive online curriculum offering additional benefits for strategic sessions, facilitated discussions and practical workshops on community engagement and clinic-CBO linkage.
Download the toolkit here: http://teampata.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/C3-Tookit_WEB.compressed.pdf.