Methods We Use

AMOS works alongside local leaders and their communities to provide supervision, training, evaluation, and monitoring. We help communities gather and analyze health data so that THEY can help their communities become healthier.

Supportive Supervision

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Health promoters need supportive supervision to ensure ongoing training and support of the promoter so that he/she may provide effective care in their communities. In each community, AMOS physicians and nurses accompany promoters on home visits, restock the pharmacy at the clinic, and review patient charts with the promoter. They also obtain progress updates on community health goals, provide ongoing training modules, and answer any questions the promoters might have.

Evaluation and Monitoring

eval and monitoringweb Each community makes a yearly plan with quantifiable goals. AMOS monitors progress toward these goals and assists communities in developing effective strategies to reach their health objectives. For example, a community might seek reduced diarrhea rates, improved nutrition for children under 5, or project-based goals such as installing water filters. Using the data gathered through the census & patient charting, AMOS can monitor important indicators such as disease prevalence and infant growth rate to evaluate the efficacy of each intervention.

Participatory Training

HP TRAININGweb Health promoters receive special training three times a year on topics including vital signs, wound care, medicine prescription, respiratory illnesses, growth monitoring, and obstetrics. The participatory training methods that AMOS uses are based on popular education concepts developed by Paulo Freire, using the promoters’ lived experiences as a starting point for developing new knowledge. The trainings are skills-based, ensuring competency in basic skills, and use of protocols in order to prevent maternal and child deaths.

Community Research

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