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Community directed interventions


A community directed intervention takes place, when the community takes an active part in distributing health commodities. NGOs or government agencies only have a facilitating role (e.g. supplying medicine and other health commodities as well as providing health education and other forms of outside support). A successful example for a CDI approach is the Onchocerciasis control program which was introduced in lecture week four. Further research into the efficiency of the CDI approach has revealed, that this approach can be successfuly applied in other areas (even outside of the health realm) as well (e.g. water sanitation, immunization, bednet distribution etc.)

These lecture notes were taken during 2012 installment of the MOOC “Community Change in Public Health” taught by Prof. Dr. William R. Brieger of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at Prof. Brieger blogs under and can be found on twitter as @bbbrieger.


  1. Janice Flahiff says:

    Would have loved to have seen case studies, examples, etc included with the above.

  2. Dear Janice,

    thank you very much for your comment. You can find some information about a community directed intervention case study here:



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