Community health

The community-based heath and first aid (CBHFA) approach is the Red Cross Red Crescent integrated primary health care approach to community health promotion. It aims to create healthy, resilient communities worldwide and is a vital part in IFRC`s Strategy 2020 and contributes to Millennium Development Goals 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Mobilizing communities to improve development

This approach comprises a comprehensive approach to primary health care, first aid and emergency health preparedness at the community level. The CBHFA approach mobilizes communities and their volunteers to use simple tools, adapted to local context to address the priority health needs of a community and to empower them to be in charge of their own development.

  • About CBHFA
  • Empowering volunteers and communities to take charge of their own health
  • CBHFA e-learning
  • Promoting the CBHFA approach and materials in an efficient and cost-effective way
  • Policies
  • Increasing the quality and scale of health activities
  • Toolkit
  • A range of materials and information in 40 different languages
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