Sugira Muryango home-visiting program is an evidence-based intervention that offers active coaching of caregivers by community lay-workers trained to deliver sessions including early stimulation promotion, play, nutrition, hygiene, non-violent discipline and responsive parenting. It is based on the Family Strengthening Intervention (FSI) model originally developed and tested in Rwanda. The program started in 2016 and was supposed to end in 2020 but was expanded till 2022.
The main objectives of the Sugira Muryango home-visiting intervention are to equip skills and knowledge to caregivers and parents on early childhood development and link families to complementary community resources.
Its implementation is a structured interactive curriculum of 12 modules that promote best practices for good health, adequate nutrition and good hygiene, conflict resolution, intimate partner violence, strong communication, importance of father involvement as well as messages advocating for options to tough punishment. The modules adopt cultural approaches such as songs, proverbs to help families adopt fundamental skills and integrate active education, including in-home parent-child interactions, to convey knowledge and skills.
The complete intervention’s period per family is between 6 to 8 months which can vary according to families and how they respond. The initial program started in 2016 and was supposed to end in 2020 but the program scaled-up and will continue up to 2022. The initial program had a target of 1040 households
SCALE-UP OF THE PROGRAM
For the Expansion program, Sugira Muryango is using the collaborative team approach (CTA) referred to as the Promoting Lasting Anthropometric Change and Young Children’s Development (PLAY).
In this program, existing child protection community lay workers linked to the National Commission for Children (NCC) will expand the reach of the Sugira Muryango Program to vulnerable households (Ubudehe 1) across three districts over a three-year period.
The PLAY Collaborative will utilize a Seed Team of experts, embedded in each district and attached to existing government structures to ensure smooth transition to scale up and to promote genuine sustainability of the program.
IMPLEMENTERS AND PARTNERS
This program is implemented by FXB Rwanda and Boston College University/ School of Social Work/ Research Program On Children and Adversity in partnership with MIGEPROF, NECDP, NCC and MINALOC.