Improving Adolescent Health in U.S.

Behaviors and habits established during adolescence have ramifications that affect the quality of life and health throughout adulthood. Adolescence is a critical transition period in life that includes rapid biological developments and increasing independence. Predisposed to greater risk-taking as they are, adolescents are at an increased danger for negative consequences through substance use, unintended pregnancy, […]

Community Health

Mahefa Miaraka’s Contributions To Madagascar’s Plague Response

In less than two months the plague has infected 1,240 people and killed 124 across urban and rural areas of Madagascar. The USAID Community Capacity for Health program, locally known as Mahefa Miaraka and implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), has played a key role in Madagascar’s national plague response, led by the Ministry of Public Health.

Maternal and Child Health, Women's Health

Misoprostol and Chlorhexidine: Saving Mothers and Babies in Nigeria

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 […]

Maternal and Child Health

Breastfeeding for a Brighter Future: How One of Our First Acts of Sharing Builds Healthier Babies, Stronger Families and Sustainable Communities

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.

Community Health

Madeleine Bienvenue: A Care Group Household for the MAHEFA Program

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 […]

Community Health

Zaia Mahatafa: An entrepreneur promoting good health in rural Madagascar

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, […]

Community Health

Fulgence Rangamila: A MAHEFA-trained Youth Peer Educator in Madagascar

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 […]

Health Systems, Immunization, Maternal and Child Health

The Faces of Improved Community Health in Madagascar

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

Robin Erinesy: An Emergency Transport Volunteer for the MAHEFA Program

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 […]

Ebola, Health Systems

The Last Mile: On the Road to Delivering Infection Prevention and Control Equipment in Liberia

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 […]