The role of community systems
Communities are not just beneficiaries of services. Communities are also actors, making vital contributions to improving health. When communities get involved, programs have greater impact. They expand the reach of services, engage people with health care, and overcome stigma and discrimination.
Community organizations and networks have an important role to play in helping countries provide comprehensive health care services. They:
- Have a unique ability to interact with affected communities
- Can react quickly to community needs and issues
- Are highly effective at providing services
- Help address the broader issues and barriers that prevent access to services