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Delivering Improved Health Services in Rwanda

The Rwanda Family Health Project built the capacity of Rwandan institutions to deliver high-quality family health services to the Rwandan people. The principle objective of the project was to increase the use of district-level facility and community-based family health services.
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 worked 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 worked 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 built local capacity, promoted healthy behaviors, increased the use of health services, and strengthened linkages between community health facilities. Linking health service delivery providers increased demand on behalf of users and decreased delivery costs for all involved. By coordinating multiple delivery activities and resources, the project helped to ensure health service delivery is more efficient and effective.
Project Results
  • 443,314 new users received family planning services at FHP-supported health facilities
  • 5,140 community health workers (CHWs) trained to provide comprehensive family planning services at the community level
  • 109,976 HIV-positive adults and children received a minimum of one clinical service
  • 88,076 adults and children with advanced HIV infection received anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment


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.



Project Duration: 2012 - 2015


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