Project profile — Improving Reproductive health and Gender equality in Nepal and Vietnam


HealthBridge Foundation of Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-2129950051)
2021-08-17 - 2025-12-30
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Vietnam (50.00%)
• Nepal (50.00%)


• Basic Health: Health education (12261) (33.00%)
• Reproductive health care:
Reproductive health care (13020) (33.00%)
Personnel development for population and reproductive health (13081) (34.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project seeks to improve access and the quality of reproductive health services for adolescent girls and women of reproductive age in the Kalikot district of Nepal and the Son La province of Vietnam. The project aims to improve health and gender equality (GE) among adolescent girls and women and reduce incidences of child marriages, a form of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The project takes an integrated and holistic approach to empower local adolescent girls and women to exercise their reproductive rights and ensure access to health and reproductive services when needed. Project activities include: (1) conduct participatory-action research (PAR) to enable the identification of community-driven solutions; (2) engaging with local community leaders and health system stakeholders to build the capacity of local health workers, administrators, teachers, young people, and other relevant community actors; (3) promoting the quality of reproductive health services and their use by girls and women, especially for marginalized populations; (4) tackling cultural norms that enable SGBV, including child marriages; (5) consult with beneficiaries in the communities to understand their specific need and respond with appropriate curriculum and training on planning, delivering, monitoring and evaluating gender-responsive health services; and (6) developing appropriate curriculum and train teachers & student facilitators to advance the comprehensiveness and effectiveness of the current reproductive health education programs within the communities. The project expects to reach approximately 1,600 adolescent boys and girls (800 in school and 800 from the community) and directly influence 2,500 women and 2,500 men, members of 60 community groups in Vietnam. In Nepal, the project expects to reach approximately 4,500 adolescents women, 2,000 adolescents man adolescents, 30 local health workers, 45 women community health volunteers, 45 community committees, and 25 religious leaders. This project works in partnership with International Nepal Fellowship (INF) in Nepal and the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP) in Vietnam.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) increased agency of women and girls in targeted areas; and (2) increased utilization of quality, gender-responsive and inclusive health services by adolescent girls and women of reproductive age.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of May 2023 include: (1) provided 1,468 community members (1,077 women, 371 men) with 60 education sessions on health services in communities in Vietnam; (2) provided 4,637 students (2,466 girls, 2,171 boys) at six comprehensive sexuality education talks in schools in Vietnam; (3) provided 721 women and 399 adolescents (185 girls, 154 boys) with education sessions on health services including sexual reproductive health services, gender equality, sexual reproductive health rights and the impact of sexual and gender-based violence in Nepal; (4) community health workers visited 3,588 pregnant women by in their own homes in Nepal.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $473,117
Transaction Date Type Value
15-04-2024 Disbursement $220,783
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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