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DRAFT Report:Community Systems Strengthening Toward a Research Agenda

Arreola, S. , Ayala, G., Greenall, M. , Chong, S. and Mallouris, C. (2014) DRAFT Report:Community Systems Strengthening Toward a Research Agenda. Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED. (Submitted)

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Communities have a long history of acting to preserve and promote the health of their members. Public health researchers, programmers, and funders are increasingly recognizing that community involvement is essential to improving health, especially among populations that are disproportionately affected by HIV. The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, together with civil society organizations and other development partners, created the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) Framework to help Global Fund applicants frame, define, and quantify efforts to strengthen community contributions engagement (Global Fund 2011). Although the use of a CSS approach in health programming implementation shows promise, it lacks a theoretical framework to guide collaborations with communities. Additionally, it suffers from a paucity of program designs and evaluation practices, an incomplete evidence-based rationale for investing in CSS, and imprecise definitions (e.g., what is meant by “community” and “CSS”).The purpose of this paper is to highlight promising areas for future research related to CSS. Toward this objective, we propose to lay a foundation for a CSS research agenda by using theories and approaches relevant to CSS, reinforced with evidence from projects that employ similar approaches.

Item Type: Report (Working Paper)
Keywords: Community Systems Strengthening, Global Fund, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Subjects: Health Systems > Community Health
Divisions: Other
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2014 06:16
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2014 06:16

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