Launch of the Community Health Planning and Costing Tool 2.0
UNICEF, in partnership with Management Sciences for Health (MSH), is pleased to launch Version 2.0 of the Community Health Planning and Costing Tool. To date, the tool and the accompanying processes described in its Handbook have been used by governments and nongovernmental organizations in Angola, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, and Zanzibar.
The Community Health Planning and Costing Tool 2.0, now available in English and French, is user-friendly, open-source, and spreadsheet- based. The tool calculates key results on costs and required financing for the introduction, maintenance, or scale-up of community programs at national and subnational levels for five years. The dynamic nature of this tool allows users to modify key variables and identify the corresponding impact on program costs.
New features include:
- Pre-programmed data on global standard treatment guidelines for community-based health services, to reduce inputs
- Ability to add different cadres of community health workers and supervisors, to ensure comprehensive planning
- Integrated User Guide directly into Tool, for improved user experience
- Translated revised Tool and Handbook into French, for greater reach
- Introductory videos and webinars (English and French), to promote uptake
For additional information about the Tool, visit: https://www.msh.org/resources/community-health-planning-and-costing-tool.