CHAIN’s programs’ approach advocates for health and social empowerment for vulnerable communities like; People living with HIV and AIDS, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) and their guardians, youth, women, those with communicable and non-communicable diseases.
CHAIN references the development of its programs in line with the National Sector Strategic Plan (NSSP 3) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) like;
CHAIN programs put a strong emphasis on engagement with the community and in particular the community leaders, village health teams in all stages of the project cycle (needs assessment, design, implementation and evaluation). One of the core program areas is to increase national health literacy levels through collaborative work with various consumer/patient organizations, CSOs, government agencies, schools, institutions and the general public.
The programs’ approach not only provides expertise in identifying the community pressing issues but also supports the implementation of community empowerment projects.
The approach has required a research based approach to identify the communities’ health and social welfare most pressing needs. A participatory approach which involves all key stake holders is used. The stake holders include; key healthcare stake holders, OVC and their guardians, PLWHIV/AIDS, patient organisations, policy makers, and donors.