OneFamilyHealth is a public-private partnership between the Ecobank Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline and the Government of Rwanda. The programme improves access to basic healthcare and prevention services in isolated rural communities in Rwanda.
Through OneFamilyHealth, a sustainable franchised network of clinics was set up to decrease the burden on government funds and resources. The clinics are owned and operated by community-based nurse franchisees, the majority of whom are female. These nurses conduct regular outreach activities in the communities to promote healthy behaviour, such as school visits to encourage hand washing and good hygiene. This model specifically targets the most common, preventable and treatable diseases.
The Ecobank Foundation supported the initiative by providing loan facilities to franchisees. Through this innovative approach, patient access to high quality essential medicines and basic healthcare services were increased, especially in remote areas.
Read more about the project here.