CBHFA contributes to building resilience by meeting the basic health, shelter, education, food, water and sanitation needs of vulnerable people. It strives to eliminate health inequities for all, by ensuring that the social costs and benefits of health systems are fairly shared between and within countries, based on a human rights framework and respecting local values.

Community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) is the approach to empower communities and their volunteers to take charge of their health. By using simple tools which are adapted to the local context, communities can be mobilized to address priority health needs.

The CBHFA approach seeks to create healthy, resilient communities which focuses on community participation and behavioral change communities.

CBHFA materials have been adapted to numerous local contexts with a Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (PMER) toolkit to ensure good programme management and quality assurance at all levels.

CBHFA can be linked with other programme areas such as disaster risk reduction (DRR), water and sanitation, emergency health, HIV, malaria, maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) or non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The common goal for community-based approaches is to reduce the vulnerabilities of the most
disadvantaged and build individual and community resilience.

Components and aim of the CBHFA approach


CBHFA Key Principles