The objective of the Rwanda Family Health Project (FHP) is to increase the use of district-level facility and community-based family health (FH) services. For the purpose of this activity, “family health” includes an integrated package of services related to family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV/AIDS, maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH), malaria prevention and treatment, nutrition, and safe water and hygiene. “Integration” means the organization, coordination and management of multiple activities and resources to ensure the delivery of more efficient and coherent services in relation to costs, outputs, impacts and use.
FHP made substantive contributions over the life of project toward increasing the use of health services in Rwanda. To improve the quality of health services, FHP supported key activities such as the roll-out of a mentoring and coaching program, development of policies and strategies, support for quality committees, promotion of quality improvement methodologies, and support for supervision. The project expanded access to family health services through an extensive grants portfolio, critical capacity building efforts across FHP’s clinical areas of intervention, and support for youth corners and one-stop centers. FHP increased demand for family health services through the development of the National Health Promotion Strategy, co-chairing the Health Promotion Technical Working Group, initiating health outreach and awareness campaigns, and supporting community mobilization initiatives. To strengthen management of health services, FHP operationalized district health management team (DHMT), supported the roll-out of an electronic medical records system, strengthened data and facility management, and built the capacity of community health worker cooperatives.