In spite of the decline of the health system following the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has made remarkable gains and has made ambitious plans to strengthen its resources for health, both in quality and quantity, to ensure a promising future for the health system. To support these plans, the Rwanda Family Health Project works closely with local partners to improve and expand community-based family health services.
Family health services include an integrated package of services related to family planning and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, maternal, neonatal and child health, malaria prevention and treatment, nutrition, and safe water and hygiene. Chemonics works with local communities to improve the quality of and access to health services, increase the number of skilled health providers, and strengthen service management.
Through community mobilization and the behavior change communication approach, this USAID-funded project builds local capacity, promotes healthy behaviors, increases the use of health services, and strengthens linkages between community health facilities. Linking health service delivery providers increases demand on behalf of users and decreases delivery costs for all involved. By coordinating multiple delivery activities and resources, the project will help to ensure health service delivery is more efficient and effective.
- Improve quality of health care facilities and community-based family health services.
- Expand access to family health services, primarily by increasing the number of skilled health care providers.
- Increase demand for facility and community-based family health services.
- Strengthen management of facility and community-based family health services.
Check out a Devex interview with Doris Youngs, the former chief of party of the Rwanda Family Health Project. Ms. Youngs discusses ways that the country's health sector has improved.