Bugoye Integrated Community Case Management Initiative
BIMI is a community-based clinical care program based on ICCM(Integrated Community Case Management) strategy that was developed as part of the collaboration between Bugoye Health Center III (BHC) in Bugoye Subcounty, Kasese district, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston-USA.
BIMI program include operational research focused on the following specific aims:
- Assess on-going community health needs, behaviors, and beliefs.
- Evaluate community perceptions and acceptability of community-based care programs and identify determinants of non-use or delays in obtaining health care.
- Assess lay village health workers’ ability to adhere to clinical algorithms and factors that may promote or detract from providing appropriate clinical care.
- Evaluate experience of volunteer village health workers to identify means of motivating and retaining health workers.
- Examine and strengthen health system linkages of care between community and health centers identifying barriers to health care access.
BIMI seeks to improve the health of rural communities in Bugoye sub-county through strengthening the local health system and innovating in community-based care. In order to set program priorities, optimize clinical care, promote access to health care, and improve the health of communities.