In Madagascar, maternal and child health issues are persistent–10 women die each day as a result of pregnancy or birth-related complications and 100 children die each day from preventable causes. The country is predominantly rural; around 64 percent of its total 25 million inhabitants live in rural areas, where their communities are known as fokontany, […]
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.
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 Thierry: medical doctor, community leader, and pioneer. Dr. Thierry was the head of health facilities in Madagascar’s Matsakabanja commune from 2014 to 2015. While leading the Centre de Sante de […]
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.