A case study of integrated population, health & environment (PHE): Rwanda and DRC (2014-2015)


A case-control study and a cross-sectional study have been conducted in Rwanda and DRC respectively during the period of 2014-2015. The purpose was to investigate on the potential contribution of the CHC approaches to reduce hygiene related diseases and malnutrition (environmental and practice related).

A case control study in Rwanda – Purposive sampling of villages, 2 in rural and 2 urban settings, households, local leaders and health professionals, FGDs (4), Households’ survey (798=95%) + data from health centers, descriptive analysis with SPSS, RD calculations with OpenEpi for quantitative data and Atlas Ti for qualitative data. A cross sectional study in DRC – 12 Villages were selected by local health professionals, households’ survey for all households CHC members + data from health centers, descriptive analysis with Excel.

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“The CHC approach encourages partnerships and collaboration amongst club members, strengthening the social fabric where it may not historically be present. Thus making a social capital helping to build community cohesion and self development in post conflict communities”, said the WASH Coordinator Nathanael Hollands, Tearfund DRC (2015)