For the past eight years, millions of women, men, and young people throughout Ethiopia have been touched by the Integrated Family Health Program (IFHP), led by Pathfinder International
and John Snow, Inc. (JSI), in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), the Consortium of Reproductive Health Associations (CORHA), and other local partners, and funded
by USAID and KOICA.
IFHP fundamentally changed the way families receive health services—moving from a siloed approach to health service delivery to an integrated one. In practice, this means that when one family member receives services, for example a child receives a vaccination, health workers also ensure that accompanying family members are also screened for any health services they might need, for example a mother who might need family planning services, antenatal care, or fistula care.
Integrating health services is easier said than done and requires a truly systemic approach to succeed. The diagram below gives an overview of the approach IFHP used with great success: strengthening the health system to support integrated services; improving the availability of quality integrated health services, products, and information; and improving health practices in households and communities. At every turn, IFHP applied program learning methods to improve and inform policy and program investments.
The following pages describe in detail how IFHP strengthened and integrated family health services by partnering closely with the FMOH, building capacity for a stronger, better trained, and more motivated health workforce, supporting the Health Extension Program, strengthening primary health care units, embracing the Maternal and Newborn Health Roadmap, and more.