What is a Community Health Club?
• A Community Health Club is a group of people who are responsible for improving public health
standards and living conditions in the village.
• A CHC is a voluntary, non discriminatory club to which everyone can belong: men, women and
children, old, middle-aged or young, rich or poor, educated or not.
• It is a free non-political and non-religious forum for improving living conditions and family health
through hygiene behavior change with a view to controlling all preventable diseases without relying on external support.
• All the households in every village should have at least one person as a CHC Member.
• CHCs should be as large as possible within a convenient catchment area (1-2 kms)
• If the CHC gets more members than 100 members, the club should be split into two clubs.
• Members meets once a week for a few hours to learn about health and hygiene with an view to
monitoring all public health issues of the community.
• Members are bound together by recognition of standards of hygiene and rights of men, women
and children to a healthy, productive and dignified life.
• The Community Health Worker should be the facilitator for the CHC, but not the chairperson who
should be an elected volunteer.
• The CHC is the responsibility of the village, but backed by the Ministry of Health (Environmental
TRAINING SESSION: What is a Community Health Club?
Description of the Topic
“What is a CHC’ is mainly a discussion led by the facilitator to define and explain what can be expected in a Community Health Club.
How to use Card set 1.
A participant holds up the card to the audience and describes what she sees on the card.