After years of initiatives aimed to improve access to primary health care, Benin has made significant strides in reducing child mortality and improving the life expectancy and health of its population.

In alignment with these goals, URC began working in Benin in 1981 when our non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), undertook multi-country research to guide developing countries in strengthening their primary health care services. CHS pioneered the development of a practical, systematic approach to operations research on critical issues facing primary health care services in developing countries. The CHS-led project investigated, in partnership with health care providers and their managers in developing countries, the use of community health workers, community mobilization, community financing of primary health services, and community-based commodity distribution.

Since then, the scope of our work in Benin has expanded significantly to include maternal, newborn, and child health; HIV/AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. Underlying our work in Benin is the commitment to improve population health and strengthen the health system workforce and community health systems.