Families at the center in Madagascar

USAID Community Capacity for Health Program

Produced By: DDC Madagascar

Publish Date: 6/9/2021 Video Length: 3:31

The USAID Community Capacity for Health Program in Madagascar initiated the Model Household approach to engage families in adopting and promoting essential practices that lead to improved health. The video shows a community health volunteer (CHV) who, with the Program’s support, carried out home visits to encourage families to adopt healthy behaviors, and supported them to become models in their community.

The USAID Community Capacity for Health Program—known in Madagascar as Mahefa Miaraka—was a five-year (2016–2021) community-based integrated health program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The program was a collaborative effort among the Ministry of Public Health, USAID, and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. Mahefa Miaraka provided tools and capacity-building training to approximately 10,000 community health volunteers who provided basic maternal health, child health, and family planning services to their local communities. The Program also worked with national and local government stakeholders to strengthen the health sector and health policies. Mahefa Miaraka operated in seven regions of Madagascar, covering 4,708 villages with a total population of 6.6 million people, or 28 percent of the country’s population.