Madagascar Green Healthy Communities

Dates: 2001-2005

Country: Madagascar

Client(s): David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Services: Technical Assistance, Capacity Development

Technical Expertise: Newborn and Child Health , Environmental Health, Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Maternal Health

Madagascar is endowed with abundant natural resources and is rich in ecological diversity. The rich biodiversity of Madagascar (90% of species are endemic) is threatened by high rates of deforestation, unsustainable resource extraction, and rapid population growth. At the same time, Madagascar is one of the world's poorest countries, and the hard-working Malagasy struggle to make a living, educate their children and fight disease and malnutrition. Sustainable solutions must simultaneously take into account the need to preserve biodiversity while at the same time ensuring livelihoods and well being of the population.

In June 2000, a Population-Environment Consortium (Voahary Salama) was created in response to the need for concerted efforts to address these problems. The Madagascar Green Healthy Communities Project, managed by JSI, grew from this coalition and built on partner strengths in health and family planning, sustainable livelihoods, conservation and community mobilization. The Project developed an integrated approach which supported local communities to decide on a menu of actions in health/food security, sustainable livelihoods and conservation. It worked in two endangered forest corridors and the dry forest. The Green Healthy Communities Project is widely viewed as a model for similar projects integrating state-of-the-art interventions which are chosen by and implemented by the communities these actions benefit. Madagascar Green Healthy Communities ended in 2005.


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