Community-based Health and First Aid (CBHFA) is an integrated community-based approach in which program volunteers work with their communities on disease prevention, health promotion, first aid and disaster preparedness and response. THe CBHFA toolkit lists different resources and manuals for various stakeholders in a CBHFA program.
The CBHFA in action resource materials include:
- Implementation Guide
- Volunteer manual
- Facilitator guide – Volume 1
- Facilitator guide – Volume 2
- BCC trainer’s manual
- BCC volunteer’s manual
What do I need to know?
The goal of CBHFA is the creation of a healthy community. Creating a healthy community is a lifelong process, one that requires constant nurturing and persistence. Therefore, the CBHFA commitment is a long-term engagement.
CBHFA starts with a community dialogue or forum. The dialogue works to identify community priorities and solutions, and leads to activities to address the priorities. A community dialogue gathers participants to exchange information face to face, to share personal stories and experiences, to express perspectives honestly, to prioritize issues, to develop solutions to community concerns and to identify opportunities. Tools such as the participatory rural appraisal (PRA), vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCA), and other participatory assessment tools can be of use in this community dialogue.
As a community-based program, CBHFA in action develops the:
- skills of program volunteers
- capacity of the branches
- capacity of communities in preparedness and response to emergencies.
CBHFA is modeled on the primary health care approach which focuses on working with communities. CBHFA identifies where volunteers can establish links and referrals between the community and the formal health system. CBHFA in action can be tailored to meet the needs of any community or target group. This targeted training and preparedness education is provided by selecting topics identified by the community. Development with the community goes beyond training. Indeed, communities should be involved at every stage of CBHFA planning and implementation.
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