The Community Health Community of Practice is trying to contribute to the global learning on prevention and management COVID-19 pandemic. Community engagement has been considered a fundamental component of past outbreaks as it strengthens trust and thus allows health workers to gain easy access to the community so they can then spread health messages as per local context and do better surveillance. Community engagement is vital to achieve primary health care and it is one of the key pillar for sustainability of health interventions, health advocacy, improved quality, satisfaction of services and contributes to health systems responsiveness. It also promotes a multi-sectoral linkage of existing structures and networks that includes community leadership, community groups informal providers, social networks and faith organizations.
We want to continue adding to the knowledge base as community engagement is an integral strategy within immunisation campaigns and has been shown to improve vaccine acceptance. As evidence on community engagement to support COVID-19 vaccine uptake is emerging, the co-production team will conduct a review to close the knowledge-to-practice gap by providing regular evidence on current best-practice.
As a member of the working group, you will be expected to:
All the members of the Community Health CoP can apply to this project. Previous experience with conducting systematic review will be an asset. We will pay attention to have a working group representative of the diversified composition of the CoP.