USAID Madagascar Community Capacity for Health Program (Mahefa Miaraka)

Country: Madagascar

Client(s): USAID/South Africa

Services: Technical Assistance, Capacity Development

Technical Expertise: Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Social and Behavior Change, Health Systems Strengthening

The USAID Community Capacity for Health Program, locally known as Mahefa Miaraka, strengthens the local public health system’s capacity to manage community health activities and to support community health volunteers (CHVs). The program works in seven remote regions in north and west Madagascar (Analanjirofo, SAVA, DIANA, Sofia, Boeny Melaky, and Menabe), building on the work of the former USAID-funded Community-Based Integrated Health program (CBIHP), also known as MAHEFA, which worked in six of these regions and was managed by JSI.

The program will contribute to the Government of Madagascar’s (GOM) plan to reduce maternal, child, and newborn mortality and morbidity through improved community health services and the systems that support them.

The USAID Community Capacity for Health Program’s vision is one of thriving families and communities, who access sustained health services at community and facility levels that are high quality, responsive to client needs, and interlinked through excellent health system and community management. To achieve this vision, the program is working to increase access to and use of key services, and improve regional, district, and commune management and systems in seven regions.

During the 2017 plague, the project was very engaged with the government in helping develop the response to the fast moving disease, which killed more than 1500 people. View the photo essay, Mahefa Miaraka’s Contributions To Madagascar’s Plague Response.

The program is a five-year (2016-2021) initiative implemented in partnership with FHI 360, Transaid, and Action Socio-sanitaire Organization Secours (ASOS) of Madagascar.

Learn more about JSI’s work in Madagascar under the CBIHP Project


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