Population, Health and Environment at Community Level in Madagascar, Part 2

USAID Community Capacity for Health Program

Produced By: Zoom Film

Publication Date: 6/9/2021 Video Length: 7:12

The family shown here talks about the benefits they reaped from the construction of a health hut near their village in the municipality of Ambohimahamasina, within the Haute-Matsiatra region of Madagascar. Previously, they had to walk six hours to the nearest health center. The work was done as part of a Health, Population and Environment activity in 2018 led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. Dr. Jacky, also in the film, provides technical support to community health volunteers responsible for the newly built and equipped health hut. Parents can take their children to the health hut as soon as the first signs of malaria appear, the leading cause of visits.

The USAID Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Integration Activity in Madagascar (2017-2019) was led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. under the USAID Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) Project and USAID’s Community Capacity for Health Program. The PHE Integration Activity in Madagascar had the objective of studying, documenting, and promoting the effective integration of PHE activities with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Public Health, and the Ministry of Population, Social Protection and Promotion of Women, and other stakeholders in Madagascar. The PHE Integration Activity ended in 2019, however, the USAID Community Capacity for Health Program in Madagascar continued family planning, child health, and monitoring and evaluation work in the same geographic areas. 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.