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The Care Group Difference

Megan Laughlin
Organizational Authors: 
World Relief,
CORE Group
Year Published: 

This guide, developed by World Relief, explores the evidence base for the Care Group model, offers criteria to assist project managers in determining the feasibility of using this approach within their own programs and provides a step-by-step guide for starting and sustaining care groups.   Please see the summary of Care Group tools (third link above) which you can download in the list above.

A Care Group is a group of 10 to 15 volunteer, community-based health educators who regularly meet together with project staff for training, supervision and support. Care Group volunteers provide peer support, develop a strong commitment to health activities and find creative solutions to challenges by working together as a group. World Relief pioneered the Care Group model as part of its Vurhonga child survival projects in Mozambique (1995-2003). The guide has also be translated in Portuguese.

This website,, has a description of (and definitional criteria for) Care Groups, curricula in use with Care Group projects, a list of CG project implementers, narrated presentations on Care Groups and related tools, management tools for use in Care Group projects, a CG blog, etc. The narrated Care Group presentation can be viewed here.

The Care Group Difference is an FSN Network SBC Task Force approved method.