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Healthy Families Project in Kiribati extended

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

International News

Our work in Kiribati will continue until at least 2020 with funding confirmed for phase two of the Kiribati Healthy Families Project.

About the Healthy Families Project in Kiribati.

The project began in 2012 and since then has become a well-regarded project by Kiribati communities, civil society and government.

Phase two is a five-year extension of the project from 2015-2020. The extension will build on the first phase of the project, and will increase the focus on key groups, including young people, sex workers and people living with disabilities.


The success of the project has been based on the unique partnership we have developed with the Kiribati Family Health Association (KFHA).

This partnership model combines capacity development, clinical service delivery, health promotion and advocacy, and builds on the strengths of both organisations. The project is made possible thanks to funding from the New Zealand Aid Programme.

The next phase of the project will continue to work in South Tarawa and will also expand to six of Kiribati’s outer islands

  • Butaritari
  • Abaiang
  • Abemama
  • Aranuka
  • Marakei
  • North Tarawa.

Key activities

Phase two has three key activities:

  1. Improving local sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) capacity. This will be achieved through training programmes for I-Kiribati nurses and health educators, including ongoing mentoring and professional development opportunities.
  2. Increasing access to SRHR information, skills and services. Activities will include mobile clinics, after-hours clinics, condom distribution, school visits, health promotion campaigns, workshops with key groups, and community grants.
  3. Creating an enabling environment for the realisation of SRHR. Advocacy programmes for community leaders and a research project looking at barriers to contraceptive use will help deliver this activity.

Phase two of the project will also place a strong focus on monitoring and evaluation.

Project updates will be posted on our Facebook page and there will also be news in our bimonthly e-newsletters. You can sign up below to receive the e-newsletter. 

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