Rwandan Adolescent Reproductive Health Initiative

Building on the successes of its extensive work in Rwanda, IntraHealth used an 18-month, $250,000 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to improve reproductive health services among Rwandan adolescents through work with schools, health centers, and communities. This initiative developed and tested a model of gender-appropriate youth-friendly services and built support for such services among health, education, and civil society professionals and officials. IntraHealth partnered with the Imbuto Foundation, a local organization created in 2007 by the First Lady of Rwanda to advocate for and implement initiatives on health, education, and economic empowerment.

Selected initiatives

  • Paired six health centers with six schools in two districts to offer gender-appropriate, youth-friendly reproductive health services
  • Improved adolescents’ knowledge of availability and location of reproductive health services and demonstrate increased use of reproductive health services in two districts
  • Documented and disseminated lessons learned about this initiative’s effectiveness.