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 Health  Rwanda Project #34805

Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans

by One Family Health
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans

Summary

All March gifts will go to coronavirus preventive equipment for OFH nurses. This project will enable OFH to train and equip a nurse to open and run her own clinic, providing quality healthcare that will transform the lives of 5,000 rural Rwandans by bringing healthcare within walking distance. Since 2012, OFH has been empowering nurses to run clinics that save lives through prevention and treatment of common illnesses. With your support, the new clinic will serve 7,500 patient visits per year.

$10,000
total goal
$3,871
remaining
39
donors
2
monthly donors
1
year

Challenge

Rwanda is a small, mountainous country in East Africa where 80% of the population lives in rural areas. Despite government investment in healthcare, access to the most basic health services remains extremely limited. Many Rwandans still walk hours to reach the nearest health facility. When forced to walk long distances, people seek healthcare later and less often. The result is that preventable diseases occur and treatable illnesses, like malaria, become life-threatening

Solution

One Family Health improves access to healthcare for rural populations by recruiting and empowering mostly female nurses to become entrepreneurs and to open health clinics in rural areas. OFH provides nurse-entrepreneurs with training in operations and management as well as ongoing monitoring and support to ensure adherence to quality standards. OFH nurses then provide quality, affordable preventive care and treatment to their communities. Female entrepreneurs act as role models for young girls.

Long-Term Impact

To date, OFH supports 110 clinics across Rwanda that have served more than 1.6 million Rwandans. Our goal is to expand the network and to bring healthcare to 500 communities by 2026. At a size of 500 clinics, OFH will be financially sustainable. OFH nurses use patient consultations as an opportunity to improve patients' health knowledge. This education positively impacts both the individual patient's health and the entire community as hygiene and disease prevention habits improve over time.

Resources

http:/​/​www.onefamilyhealth.org/​
OFH website
OFH case study by SIHI

Organization Information

One Family Health

Location: Minnetonka, MN - USA
Website:
Project Leader:
Lila Cruikshank
Durham, NC United States

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