Overview of Strengthening Community Health Outcomes through Positive Engagement (SCOPE)
Funded through USAID’s New Partnerships Initiative, the Strengthening Community Health Outcomes through Positive Engagement (SCOPE) Project is a five-year project implemented in Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, and South Sudan from 2019-2024. SCOPE aims to reduce preventable maternal and child mortality and morbidity by engaging community health workers, faith leaders, and community groups to advance reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH).
SCOPE’s three focus areas are:
- Family Planning and Reproductive Health
- Maternal and Newborn Health
- Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Illness
World Relief, a long-time CCIH member, was selected by USAID as the prime grantee to oversee implementation of the SCOPE grant.
CCIH’s Role in SCOPE
CCIH partnered with World Relief in the first three years of the SCOPE project to identify local organizations in Kenya, Malawi, and South Sudan to complement World Relief’s efforts in SCOPE geographic areas.
CCIH monitored the SCOPE activities implemented by the Christian Health Associations in Kenya (CHAK) and the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM), which are CCIH members and local partners, as well as the Organization for People’s Empowerment and Needs (OPEN), a local non-governmental organization based in South Sudan. Rather than duplicating efforts with World Relief as they engage community health workers connected to public healthcare facilities, CCIH created complementary relationships with CHAK, CHAM, and OPEN to deliver the same messages and curricula to health workers under faith-based supported facilities that health workers under local MOH structures receive. The goal was a synchronized private-public sub-district and county-level effort.
In addition to monitoring subrecipients’ grant activities, CCIH supported CHAK’s, CHAM’s, and OPEN’s organizational capacity development. CCIH hosted trainings for subrecipients on advocacy and communications. CCIH also developed an organization capacity assessment (OCA) tool and led subrecipients in self-assessing their organizations’ strengths and opportunities for growth. Through the completion of these self-assessments, the subrecipients created action plans to guide them in selecting priority areas to target for capacity growth.