Collage: Bruntville RMCH Action Group
Black Sash engaged in an intense four-month period of activity in the two RMCH pilot districts of OR Tambo (EC) and uMgungundlovu (KZN) where we tested our Community Scorecard methodology.
The Bruntville and Port St Johns RMCH Action Groups (a partnership between the local community health committee and representatives from civil society and multi-stakeholder organisations) facilitated the community scorecard process, after being trained by Black Sash in June 2014.
The community scorecard facilitates constructive input from both the community and health workers about what key challenges are undermining Maternal and Child Health and how to jointly take action to improve the situation. Through multi-stakeholder dialogue and problem solving, action plans were developed in Port St. Johns (EC) and Bruntville (KZN), and in August the RMCH Action Groups, supported by Black Sash, have begun taking forward their action plans.
In Port St Johns they meet with the sub-district and district managers to present the monitoring information and request assistance with addressing supply side challenges. A campaign to address maternal and child health issues at community level was also launched on 29 August where over 200 people attended.
In Bruntville the RMCH Action Group has began disseminating the action plan in community forums to seek further support and buy-in from stakeholders to implement the action plan.