Health[e]Families project Rwanda

The Health[e]Families project was a 3 year blended learning training program which ran from 2014-2017 and aimed to improve maternal and infant health in Rwanda. The project was implemented in a partnership with the University of Rwanda and The Ministry of Health as collaborating partner. Maternal mortality in Rwanda is high and limited knowledge among pregnant women is a major barrier towards attending antenatal care. There is a lack of skilled health care staff and only 55% of deliveries are assisted.

Through ICT, blended learning and facilitation skills training the Health[e]Families program has been able to empower, engage and build the capacity of women, community health workers and healthcare professionals to end preventable maternal and neonatal deaths and create a healthy generation.

Between 2014-2017, successful project development and implementation of courses was achieved. At the end of the project a total of 249 nurses and midwives and 87 Community Health Workers (CHWs) had completed the program. The Community Health workers trained in total 2465 assistant community workers (Animateur de Santé Maternelee).

The partnership between Health[e]Foundation and the local stakeholders at the Ministry and University continued to flourish and will be maintained and exploited beyond the project period.

The project consisted of two training programs:

The project was sponsored by Merck, as part of the Merck for Mothers program.