Total Health Village
Country of Operation
- MAP InternationalNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryThe Total Health Village is an innovative program that facilitates self-empowerment so that communities are able to solve their own problems.
At the end of the program, communities will be empowered to solve most of their own problems. This will be evident in the interactions of the community members as equal partners in taking responsibility for their total well-being, the quality of life they experience, and the knowledge, resources, and networks accessible to them for problem solving.
Key program components
The THV is careful to align with the national priorities of the country where it is in operation and the mission of MAP International. MAP’s core mission through the THV is to: 1. Promote holistic well-being 2. Prevent disease and mitigate disaster 3. Provide essential medicines and health care The community identifies their own Total Health priorities which then fall into one of the above categories. MAP recognizes that the best way to focus these priorities is through a 50-40-10 strategy. That is, 50% of the effort promotes holistic well-being through livelihood security and community organization, 40% prevents disease and mitigate disasters, and 10% provides medicines and treatment. Health Promoters play an essential role in the Total Health Village program. Health promoters are individuals who have been trained by MAP to address the heath needs of their community. Health promoters often provide health education and basic health care, identify diseases, manage community pharmacies, and refer those who are sick to the right places to get proper care. They often exhibit leadership qualities and can mobilize their community for meetings or projects. Initially, MAP works to identify the CORP (Community’s Own Resource Persons) and an Entry Point Program. The CORP take ultimate responsibility for the community’s well-being, and grow in responsibility and knowledge until they are equipped to find resources and establish their own networks (functioning much like an NGO), thereby ensuring sustainability (especially financial) once MAP is no longer involved. The Entry Point Program may be in the form of a disease-specific intervention or issue such as a disaster that affects a sizable part of the population. When the program has addressed this issue alongside the community, it is able to expand in scope.