Nepal Family Health Program
Country of Operation
SummaryNepal Family Health Program (NFHP) was formally launched on April 15, 2002. The program focuses on reducing fertility and protecting family health.
The goal of NFHP II is to improve the provision and use of public sector FP/MNCH and related social services, supporting the Government of Nepal’s intention to reduce fertility and mortality, as expressed in the Health Sector Strategy (2004); the Nepal Health Sector Program – Implementation Plan (2004-2009); and the Second Long Term Health Plan (1997-2017).
Key program components
Activities will include increased use of quality family planning services and selected maternal and child health services at various health delivery system levels. Special emphasis will be on services at household and community levels. To maximize the long-term impact, technical assistance and activities will be planned and implemented in close collaboration with the MOH, its Divisions, Centers, District Health Offices and District Public Health Offices. NFHP will ensure a basic package of FP/MCH services is available at each level of the health care system, particularly the community level. It will strive to:
1.) Improve the quality of FP/MCH services provided by health facilities and community health workers.
2.) Improve sustainability of FP/MCH services by increasing support to FCHVs by local management committees.
Nepal Family Health Program II (NFHP II) is USAID/Nepal’s major Family Planning/Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (FP/MNCH) bilateral project and runs from 19 December 2007 to 30 September 2012. NFHP II is implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute Inc. and its partners. USAID/Nepal supported a similar FP/MNCH bilateral project between December 2001 to November 2007 (NFHP I), which was also implemented successfully by JSI R&T and partners. The initiative is improving the delivery and use of basic public sector family planning, maternal, newborn, child health, and literacy/life skills services, in a manner that builds local capacity and encourages stakeholder collaboration.
With a key emphasis on gender and social inclusion, including improving service delivery for disadvantaged populations, NFHP II is working in 20 districts around the country. NFHP II is partnering with the Government of Nepal and NGOs at the national, district, and community levels, focusing on community-level and other peripheral FP/MNCH services.