Combating Child Mortality among Batwa (CCMB)
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Maternal, newborn and child health
SummaryCombating Child Mortality among Batwa (CCMB) is a CARE implemented project that operates among the Batwa community with efforts geared towards reducing child morbidity in Kisoro and Kabale districts.
The Batwa are an ethnic minority living in remote parts of South-western Uganda where they were expelled from their ancestral forests. Some stay in small settlements but many are to this day landless and score very poorly on all poverty and development indicators, with an extremely high children-below-five mortality. The Combating Child Mortality among the Batwa (CCMB) project was launched to resolve child health and family livelihoods situations as well as curb child morbidity and mortality among the Batwa.
Key program components
CCMB undertakes activities that include training of Batwa Village Health Team (VHT) members, drama performances, the conduction of outreach clinics, Conditional Benefits Distribution (CBD) of inputs and assets, treatment of severely malnourished children, and the holding of government and private health centre staff accountable towards the Batwa community in the conduction of their services.
The health interventions of the project will target approximately twenty Batwa communities in Kabale and Kisoro districts. It will be decided after analysis of baseline results which geographical entities of landless and settled Batwa called communities in this document will be selected. Health interventions will include: training of Batwa Village Health Team (VHT) members, drama performances, conducting outreach clinics, Conditional Benefits Distribution of inputs and assets, treatment of severely malnourished children, and holding government and private health centre staff accountable to include Batwa in their services.
Strategies of the project include: increase access to health services; Conditional Benefits Transfer; Behaviour Change Communication (BCC); creating awareness, ensuring accountability and promoting responsibility; community empowerment; and resettlement.