Strengthening Communities through Integrated Programming (SCIP)
Funded by USAID, the SCIP project increases quality of life at the household and community levels by improving health and nutritional status and advancing household economic viability. The project integrates sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV, malaria, water, sanitation and hygiene services, and economic viability activities to maximize resources while providing a broad and effective impact on the population’s overall health and well-being. SCIP works in close collaboration with the government at the provincial, district, and community levels in 14 districts of Nampula Province.
SCIP directly improves family planning services through the distribution of contraceptive methods (the project has distributed more than 17 million contraception methods, including pills, IUDs, condoms, injectibles, and implants). The project also coordinates supply levels with health authorities at the district, provincial, and national levels and continues to explore ways to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality.
Increasing community access to safe water by repairing and/or constructing a greater number of water sources is an integral part of SCIP. Project staff conduct trainings on the importance of safe water, and are working to expand the number of localities with integrated water and health committees in five districts of Nampula province. The project has repaired or constructed 272 water sources and constructed 48,565 latrines.
Finally, SCIP dedicates considerable effort to training communities in conservation farming techniques. These Young Farmer Clubs invest in the future generation of farmers who are motivated to use improved farming techniques, and integrate orphans and vulnerable children into an existing support network. SCIP provides training to members on improved conservation farming techniques and food handling, use, and storage. In the five years of SCIP, 43,063 orphans and vulnerable children benefited from project activities and 202,582 youth farmers have been trained.
SCIP has also trained more than 534,000 community health workers, physicians, nurses, and midwives in family planning and reproductive health, child and maternal health, and other integrated services.
Integrated Health and Community Systems Strengthening for Improved Contraceptive Access and Uptake in Nampula Province, Mozambique
Implemented in northern Mozambique, Pathfinder’s SCIP project achieved notable increases in a key contraception indicator over its lifecycle. Recognizing the opportunity to learn from this finding, the project team conducted a retrospective programmatic analysis, which is described in this technical brief.
This issue of Pathways explores Pathfinder's SCIP project and our success in reaching over four million Mozambicans with sexual and reproductive health services.
A Holistic and Coordinated Approach to Community-based Family Planning across Projects in Mozambique
This technical highlight provides a brief overview of shared, salient project components employed by the SCIP and ESD-FPI projects for generating demand and improving supply of contraceptives.
Evaluating the Coverage and Cost of Community Health Worker Programs in Nampula Province in Mozambique
In 2012, Pathfinder conducted a study in Mozambique to explore whether community health workers who provide an integrated package of services communicate with beneficiaries about family planning, and what actions women take based on these messages.
Pathfinder aims is to evaluate the strategies of the Geracao BIZ project, as well as transform the knowledge, attitudes and practices of primary school, high school, secondary education and technical education students in sexual reproductive health.
With funding from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, Pathfinder has begun a new project to test the effectiveness of a mobile phone-based continuing medical education strategy among Vietnamese community-based physician assistants.
Estrella Alcalde, Gender Advisor for Pathfinder Mozambique, is featured in the Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme's 2014 Annual Report discussing the power of female condoms alongside two other UAFC partners.