IDF’s approach to improving health encompasses public health measures, community health education, and individual health care. Public health interventions have significantly improved sanitation, immunization rates, and communicable disease prevention. Community-led health education programs have raised awareness of nutrition, proper hygiene, sexual and reproductive health, family planning measures, and the importance of supervised childbirth. Individual care and treatment have been improved through ensuring access to government primary health clinics and building trust between community members and local health care workers.
While IDF health-related projects are of many types and target many levels, the greatest health improvements have resulted from increased willingness among the most deprived rural communities to use primary care services.