MANIFEST Progress Brief 1: Village Health Teams (VHTs) are an Important Resource for Community Mobilization and Health Information
Village Health Teams (VHTs) can support communities to plan their births better by offering critical information and encouragement through home visits. In addition, they can collect demographic and health information on critical health outcomes. Although Government introduced the VHT strategy in 2005, there are still challenges in the implementation of the strategy, with some parts of the country still not covered.
This Progress Brief brief highlights implementation experiences from the Maternal and Neonatal Implementation for Equitable Systems (MANIFEST) study using VHTs to stimulate demand for maternal and newborn health services. It outlines the approach taken, preliminary findings, challenges and lessons learnt.