Community-based health

CBHFA approach is the Red Cross Red Crescent integrated primary health care approach to community health promotion. The CBHFA approach seeks to create healthy, resilient communities worldwide thus playing a vital part in IFRC`s Strategy 2020 and contributing to Millennium Development Goals 4, 5, 6 and 7.

CBHFA 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.

The IFRC has a long history of first aid and health promotion activities within communities. In the 1990s, community-based first aid (CBFA) was the principal method of reaching first aid and health to communities. In 2005, the CBFA revitalization process was started in order to improve the old CBFA learning materials and the community approach to be more action oriented. In 2009, the revised CBHFA approach and materials were launched and disseminated. More than 300 participants from 104 National Societies have participated in master facilitator workshops during 2007 and 2010. CBHFA materials were adapted and translated into more than 39 languages. Some 81 National Societies are already implementing community health programmes using the CBHFA approach with support from the IFRC, 18 partnering National Societies and others.


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