Ayod Community Health Teams
Country of Operation
- Provincial Government of IfugaoGovernment
SummaryAyod Community Health Team of Ifugao was conceptualized by the Provincial Government of Ifugao in 2008 with the attempt to localize the Department of Health’s Women’s Health Team.
The AYOD Community Health Teams were conceived as partners of the Province at the grassroots level to achieve better health outcomes and ultimately contribute to the realization of the MDGs, specifically MDG No. 5 or the reduction of maternal mortality ratio. Aside from maternal and child health concerns, the AYOD Community Health Teams shall assume other tasks such as: community health education and promotion, malaria prevention, and in reproductive health advocacy. Cognizant of the shared responsibility between men and women, the Province commits itself to the development of the AYOD Community Health Teams into truly dynamic groups.
Key program components
Ayod CHT is a localized version of the women’s health team. The innate feature of this program is strong political and cultural appropriateness. The provincial government passed a provincial executive order which signifies support on the implementation of this initiative, particularly in training and mobilizing teams in different barangays of Ifugao.
Unlike the community health team or women’s health team of other provinces, Ifugao encourages their barangay constituents to organize the Ayod CHT which must be composed of the following: barangay captain, midwife of the barangay, barangay health worker, barangay nutrition scholar, 2 male volunteers, two female volunteers and trained hilots. The program gives emphasis to include men and hilots (traditional birth attendants) on the team as this encourages community participation and solidarity. FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Conduct health promotion activities within the barangay (IEC, Advocacy on Fourmula One (F1)flagship programsand activities (PPAs) 2. Ensure that F1 Program projects and activities (PPAs) are integrated into the Barangay Development Plan 3. Conduct parents’ classes 4. Conduct active listing and tracking of pregnant women in the barangay 5. Assist couples in the preparation of birth plans 6. Advice pregnant women to deliver in health facilities 7. Report maternal and under-five deaths to the Municipal Health Office (MHO) 8. Make referrals to health facility or appropriate agency 9. Assist in malaria, dengue, TB, rabies and environmental sanitation activities. III. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: The Provincial Health office (PHO), in coordination with the MHOs and other health partners, shall: 1. Train the officers and members of the Ifugao A YOD Community Health Teams to perform their functions 2. Devise a monitoring and evaluation system to track the impact of the Ifugao AYOD Community Health Teams in improving the health status of their respective barangays 3. Document best practices of Ifugao AYOD Community Health Teams which can be replicated in other areas 4. Devise a reward system to recognize outstanding/performing Ifugao AYOD Community Health Teams during appropriate ceremonies.