USAID Nepal Family Health Program II Nepal Family Health Program II
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JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. successfully implemented the Nepal Family Health Program II for the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2007 to 2012. For further information on project activites, visit the NFHP II page on

NFHP II works in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) at the national and district levels, Village Development committees, local NGOs, mothers groups, and health facility operations and management committees.

Our Literacy and Life Skills (LLS) work is expected to empower girls and young women through literacy, and help improve maternal and child health outcomes by bringing about favorable changes in knowledge, skills and attitudes, better enabling them to change health behaviors and access health services. Our work also aims to community efficacy:
1) by building the capacity of Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHV) to facilitate health education and outreach activities and
2) by involving youth in promoting healthy practices and use of services available through local health facilities.

Literacy and Life Skills (LLS) Program

Our LLS work is comprised of the following components: Health Education and Adult Literacy (HEAL), Girls Access to Education (GATE), GATE Youth Circle (GYC), Learning Circle (LC).

Health Education and Adult Literacy (HEAL)

The HEAL program targets rural women between the ages of 15-45. The program helps these women improve their health knowledge while gaining literacy skills. The program is comprised of two phases; a six month Basic Literacy phase and a three month Post Literacy phase. Approximately 80% of participants who complete the Basic Literacy course will continue to the Post Literacy stage.

Girls Access to Education (GATE)

The GATE Program combines health and literacy content and is tailored to respond to the needs of out-of-school adolescent girls. The program runs for nine months and after its completion, some participants will be integrated into formal schooling and those girls who are not able to join formal schooling because of their age or lack of family support will be linked to other programs that will provide vocational training and livelihood opportunities within their communities.

GATE Youth Circle (GYC)

After completing GATE, participants will form GATE youth circles (GYC). This program is implemented in collaboration with the Junior Red Cross which is a part of the Nepal Red Cross Society. The GYCs promote health related issues in their communities and hold monthly meetings to discuss health problems in their communities and come up with suitable solutions.

Learning Circle (LC)

The LC program strengthens the capacity, effectiveness and efficiency of FCHVs to fulfill their roles as community health educators and health promoters. The LC program consists of a 12 month modular learning package and systematic training program for young women that combines health education with participation in peer support groups. The FCHV facilitates a monthly meeting with women of reproductive age from her community to discuss health topics including: family planning, reproductive health, HIV/ AIDS, pregnancy and delivery care. The LC program strengthens the FCHV's skills and knowledge and provides her with training and support in facilitating the program and continuing her role as a health mobilizer in her community.

To learn more about NFHP's work in literacy and life skills, go to our Resources.

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