Integrated Health Services Activity

The USAID Integrated Health Services Activity aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in 4 of Benin’s 12 departments through a systems approach that is based on stronger governance, leadership, and management and focuses on addressing pervasive human resource challenges and improving data use. Working in partnership with local organizations and international partners, our goal is to provide technical assistance that strengthens the delivery of high-impact malaria, family planning, maternal and child health, and gender-based violence services in the public sector and ultimately contributes to reducing mortality and morbidity through strong government and citizen engagement in the health sector. The five-year project is implemented in Alibori, Atacora, Ouémé, and Plateau departments and covers nearly 3,500,000 people (34% of Benin’s total population). 

Recent achievements include:

  • The percentage of pregnant women attending antenatal care who received three doses of preventive malaria treatment increased from 26% to 44%
  • More than 66,000 children under five with suspected malaria received treatment
  • The percentage of pregnant women receiving at least four antenatal care visits increased from 25% to 34%
  • The percentage of deliveries at a health facilities increased from 72% to 91%
  • The percentage of babies receiving prenatal care within two days of birth increased from 45% to 56%

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Floride Niyuhire

Project Director

Project Contact

Dr. Floride Niyuhire has more than 20 years of public health experience in Africa, ranging from hospital-based medical practice to policy formulation and implementation. Over the years, Dr. Niyuhire has been integral to supporting ministries of health in implementing change agendas, developing and operationalizing new policies, and introducing innovative approaches to struggling health systems. Since joining us in 2011, she has provided technical and managerial leadership to the Liberian Ministry of Health in implementing performance-based financing (PBF) mechanisms; supported the Rwandan Ministry of Health in institutionalizing Rwanda’s health accreditation system; and worked with the ministries of health in Rwanda, Haiti, and Malawi to develop PBF policies to scale up high-impact interventions in maternal, newborn, and child health. Prior to joining MSH, Dr. Niyuhire led a World Bank Institute program to build the capacities of health-sector stakeholders in nine West African countries to implement PBF mechanisms. She holds a master’s degree in public health and is a medical doctor with seven years of experience as a general practitioner in hospitals in Burundi.

Donors & Partners


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)


Dimagi, Inc.

Association pour l’Education, la Sexualité et la Santé en Afrique (APESSA)

Centre de Recherche en Reproduction Humaine et en Démographie (CERRHUD)

Centre de Réflexions et d’Actions pour le Développement Intégré et la Solidarité (CeRADIS)

Organisation pour le Développement Durable, le Renforcement et l’Auto promotion des Structures Communautaires (DEDRAS)