NCBA/CLUSA is based on the perspectives that truly beneficial health services and real behavior change must emanate from within the community itself in order to be sustainable; and that solutions to health problems are most effective when local people participate in identifying and solving their communities’ most pressing health problems. Working with community members to design and implement low-cost solutions to realize better community health is a significant part of NCBA/CLUSA’s international work.
NCBA/CLUSA’s interventions focus on expanding access to health services by creating and strengthening community-based institutions and introducing highly effective processes to structure collaboration between communities and local service providers. NCBA/CLUSA’s approach integrates community organization, cooperative and participative governance, small business development and management, and health service delivery through group enterprises. Our staff helps communities establish effective and financially viable grassroots institutions that provide a mechanism to identify and reach consensus on local health priorities and participate in problem solving. These community-based health organizations also raise local revenues that finances local health initiatives. NCBA/CLUSA builds the capacity of these institutions by transferring skills in leadership, community mobilization, organizational governance, cooperative development for income generation, and health service delivery.