Date of Defense:
May 30, 2014
Poor education levels, limited economic opportunities, diseases, such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria and lack of access to culturally appropriate medical treatment have led to significant health disparities for women and children in the isolated highland s of Tolikara Regency in Papua Provice, Indonesia. This technical report describes the outcomes of a feasibility study commissioned by World Relief (WR), an international non – governmental organization operating in the region, to determine if its preferred maternal and child health (MCH) intervention methodology, the care group model, is an efficacious project design strategy as the organization seeks to incorporate MCH programming into its existing HIV prevention project in the area.
Assessment activities completed in 2012 included a comprehensive secondary data review of the health situation and key social determinants of health in Tolikara Regency and in – depth interviews with community members and MCH stakeholders.
World Relief has successfully used the care group intervention model to mitigate situations for women and children around the world. The assessment revealed that while community willingness to engage in care group activities appears strong, modifications to the traditional model are needed to be effective in Tolikara Regency. Recommended project modifications and components are addressed.