Research shows that countries with better primary health care systems have better health overall. Yet the World Health Organization estimates there is a shortage of nearly 4.3 million health care workers globally.
Peace Care empowers and inspires communities to meet their health service needs and supports academic centers and development agencies to accomplish their goals. The resulting network supports projects that are grassroots and sustainable, creating a better-trained workforce and more accessible health care services across the globe. These collaborations work to:
The result of this collaboration is trained health care providers, service guidelines directed at a locally-prioritized health issue, sustainable health policy and health service implementation research using mixed methods to evaluate the process and impact of the health policy.
Additionally, Peace Care introduced the EngenderHealth-developed Client Oriented Provider Efficient (COPE®) cervical cancer quality improvement process, trained 60 health workers in a screening technique, established access to cryotherapy as a treatment of precancers.
In 2011, the partnership approach was piloted with the Jimma and Bonga communities, Ethiopia. This project addressed obstetrical emergencies by implementing the Advanced Life Support for Obstetrics (ALSO®) course to the rural region.
In 2013, Peace Care formed a partnership with Guaymate, Dominican Republic, that focused on quality improvements to local health services. And momentum continues to build as new partnerships are formed, global projects are solidified and the word is spread through research and implementation success.