At separate levels of Madagascar’s health system, two health workers are partnering to champion the health of mothers and their young children. Meet Dr. Rakotonandrasana Theirry: medical doctor, community leader, and pioneer. Dr. Theirry was the head of health facilities in Madagascar’s Matsakabanja commune from 2014 to 2015. While leading the Centre de Sante de […]
In 2014, an estimated 44,073 people in the United States were diagnosed with HIV. About 1 in 8 people with HIV in the United States does not know that he or she is infected. Gay and bisexual men continue to be hardest hit by the HIV epidemic. Nationally, 1 in 4 Latino gay men are […]
I have some terrible news: each and every one of us is going to die one day. I know, I know, but the research is clear and the stories seem legitimate. Not that you would necessarily know it. We spend a lot of time and money avoiding death. We construct images of pain and severe suffering […]
A maternal and newborn health revolution is spreading across Nigeria. Over the last three years, policymakers have invested in low-cost drugs that are saving the lives of mothers and babies. The distribution of misoprostol and chlorhexidine (CHX)—used respectively to prevent postpartum hemorrhage and newborn sepsis, the leading causes of maternal and neonatal mortality—has the potential to save […]
The Positive Spin Campaign uses narrative to explain the importance of navigating the HIV Care Continuum.
When a baby is born, her purpose is simple: to grow into a healthy child. Breastfeeding makes this possible by giving a newborn nutritional and immunoprotective benefits that impact their immediate health, as well as their long-term health and opportunity for success. As a development tool, breastfeeding is a key contributor to achieving the broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This World Breastfeeding Week, USAID’s global nutrition project, Strengthening Partnerships and Results in Nutrition Globally (SPRING), joins our many partners in recognizing the importance of promoting good breastfeeding practices and the supportive environments that enable them.
Twenty-seven year old Madeleine Bienvenue, like many women in her community, knew very little about maternal and child health. Now, married with five children, she has educated herself on maternal and child health with help from her MAHEFA-trained community health volunteer (CHV) Louisette. Fortified with this knowledge, Madeleine now serves as a care group household […]
Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions are an integral to improving health in Madagascar. JSI’s MAHEFA Project tackled WASH challenges in various ways, one of which included promoting good hygiene and sanitation practices in communities, including the construction and use of latrines in order to eliminate open defecation. Zaia is a local mason in Miarinarivo, […]
The MAHEFA Project’s youth program aims to empower youth to make responsible reproductive health decisions and sensible family planning choices through direct mentoring by youth peer educators (YPEs). These interventions are much needed in MAHEFA’s program regions, where youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years old make up one-fifth of the population. Twenty-seven […]
For many people in Madagascar, the USAID-funded Community-Based Integrated Health Program, locally known as MAHEFA, means increased access to improved health services. MAHEFA is also helping people make positive changes in their communities. Outlined below are some of the many people who benefit from and work with the MAHEFA program. The Elder “I have at least […]
Community Health Volunteers play a vital role in delivering basic health services to families living in rural Madagascar. Follow Helena, a community health volunteer supported by the MAHEFA program, as she moves through her community providing health services and educating her neighbors about healthy behaviors.
When Ebola swept through West Africa, the greatest pressure fell on health workers. From rural clinics nearly inaccessible by roads to the crowded neighborhoods of Monrovia, health workers faced daily decisions on whether or not to risk their own lives to care for patients. As part of JSI’s Infection Prevention and Control Activity, funded by […]
How Georgia revolutionized maternity care and reduced maternal mortality by 40%. Despite the Soviet Union’s claim to have outstanding health care, reality was very different. At the fall of the Soviet Union, and for many years after, Georgia had a surprisingly high maternal mortality ratio. Maternity care was inhumane and, at times, even harmful for […]
Genzebe Tumoro narrates her life story as an urban health extension professional in this photo diary. Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health (MoH) has recognized that the delivery of public health information and services in urban settings is less than optimal and has developed an urban program that builds on the success of Ethiopia’s rural Health Extension […]
Bugiri is a bustling outpost along a highly trafficked trade route that runs east-west, connecting Uganda to neighboring Kenya. Commerce in Bugiri is conducted on the roadway where crowds of vendors compete to sell sodas and snacks to road-weary taxi and truck drivers. Brightly painted storefronts along the highway advertise goods and services, such as […]
In Madagascar, 80% of the population lives in rural areas with difficult access to most health services. Using innovative designs in emergency transport methods, JSI’s MAHEFA program’s emergency transport system is enabling communities to connect patients in urgent need of treatment with their nearest health facility. For sixty-year old Robin Erinesy of Antanambao, Morondava, falling […]
The world has learned a lot about fighting Ebola since its deadliest epidemic in history broke out last year in West Africa. The importance of health workers having access to the right infection prevention and control supplies, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and bleach, is critical. Yet getting these essential, lifesaving supplies to health […]