Grassroot Capacity Building
THESO has reoriented it PHC towards more pro-equity, efficient, decentralised and people- centred services; a focus on prevention of NCDs; health security and adaptation to climate change; and expansion of the capacity for use of information and communications technology for health. Given the diversity in levels of cultural beliefs, myths, norms and education levels, THESO focuses on women’s and children’s health and infectious disease prevention and control. Potential policy levers to support these policy directions include enhancement of political commitment and mandates for UHC, improved social protection, decentralised planning and budgeting processes, health service access across the life cycle, and building of new partnerships and alliances at the community level and across sectors.
THESO combats the double burden of diseases using Boma Health Initiative (BHI) by: improving integration of services; building capacity for decentralised planning and budgeting; designing more people-centred services; building health alliances with local governments, community organisations, families, and with the traditional medicine sector; as well as by spreading more widely the application of information and communications technology. Emphasis of the people-centred vision of PHC is mainly on the shared roles of boma health promoters, boma health committees, community nurses and midwives, allied health workers, traditional medicine practitioners and primary care doctors in applying a multidisciplinary team-based approach to supporting PHC services for the population using the Boma Health Initiative (BHI).