The availability of university resources to provide evidence-based guidance to and assist in the evaluation of the valuable efforts of development agencies enhances existing work and ensures the greatest effect.
Peace Care implements, within existing health care delivery systems, health collaboratives which enhance new local research and clinical service capacities through skills transference to develop and retain local health care workforce; enhance quality of care; and improve clinical and population health outcomes. Peace Care assesses the impact of these efforts to foster greater health equity and improved health services outcomes. The best existing evidence is used at all phases of the project to help shape each step, but, more importantly, because of the unique partnerships involved, the community voice is emphasized ensuring alignment with community priorities and fostering sustainability through local ownership and empowerment.
Providing increased access to high level technical expertise, maximizes the efforts of development agencies and their field workers.
Agency workers, such as Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV), being integrated within the community and trained extensively in cultural competency and local language, are highly qualified field workers. These field workers know the community extensively. They work closely within the health system and live and work with the health workers themselves. These individuals are in a unique position to know the assets and barriers of the health system. In fact, they work daily with local stakeholders to develop solutions to inherent issues with dedication and care. However, oftentimes their ability to access highly technical solutions or understand, completely, the evidence behind the success of potential interventions at times limits their ability to foster the most successful solutions. By working in conjunction with agency workers living within the community and providing them with technical expertise, Peace Care is a significant asset in their ability to foster high impact community health solutions. In the case of Peace Corps this is critical in the attainment of the first goal of, "Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women."