The Integrated Community Case Management Initiative (ICCM)

The Integrated Community Case Management Initiative (ICCM)

The Bughoye Integrated Community Case Management Initiative is community-based clinical care program developed as part of the collaboration between Bughoye Health Centre III, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, USA.

In Uganda, over half of under-five child mortality is attributed to three infectious diseases: malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea. This initiative strives to train village health workers (VHWs) to provide in-home diagnosis and treatment of these common childhood illnesses. For severely ill choldren, the program relies on a functioning referral system to ensure timely treatment at a health facility.

MUST staff visit a village health worker in Bughoye

The program has grown in coverage overtime and now covers 27 villages of the sub-county with a combined trained team of 116 village health workers. The initiative seeks to improve the health of rural communities in Bughoye sub-county through strengthening the local health system and innovating in community-based care.