CRHP’s approach to development is a community-based health model: a comprehensive approach to primary health care at the community level, mobilizing communities to use simple tools, adapted to the local context, to address priority health needs, and empowering them to be in charge of their own development. In 1972, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognized CRHP’s pioneering work in villages, also known in the global health community as the Jamkhed Model.
The innovation of this approach lies in involving the communities themselves, especially those poor and marginalized, in deciding the needs and defining the parameters of community development. One of the great learning lessons for the Aroles was that 80% of all health problems can be prevented or managed by the people themselves, even the poor and illiterate. CRHP provides guidance and access to information, experts and resources to communities in combination with local knowledge and capabilities to transform villages and break the cycle of poverty. Thus it is the communities themselves, through the medium of the Village Health Worker, Farmers’ Clubs and Women’s Groups, who are the primary actors in launching and establishing their health and development programs.