The REACHOUT project is coordinated by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK and involves six countries in Africa and Asia. Those six countries share the following six characteristics:

  • Under-served communities in rural areas and slums
  • Focus on close-to-community health service provision
  • Expertise in HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal health, and TB
  • Proven capacity for collaboration between service providers, researchers, and policy makers
  • A multi-disciplinary approach
  • Existing links with European research institutions
  • The capacity to implement change in close-to-community services

The importance of REACHOUT’s inter-country analysis

Communities and countries can learn a lot from each other.

Evidence-based policy making demands high quality research into the characteristics, potential harms, and cost-effectiveness of interventions. It also requires an understanding of the social, economic, and political contexts of health systems.

As very little research has been done to evaluate the effectiveness of close-to-community providers and close-to-community health services, the REACHOUT project aims to inform evidence based policy by:

  • comparing the effects of similar and different interventions within the same country
  • comparing results between countries (‘inter-country comparisons’)


This project is funded by the European Union.
This project is funded by the European Union.