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Senior DAA Wade Warren meets with community health workers in southwestern Madagascar
April 29, 2014

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health Wade Warren is currently visiting Madagascar, until May 3, to learn about USAID/Madagascar’s health programs and some of the innovative work being done throughout the country. USAID is the largest bi-lateral health partner: this year, USAID/Madagascar’s assistance budget in the sector is $48 million.

“It is an honor to have Wade Warren in Madagascar at such a crucial time,” said Mrs. Susan Sawhill Riley, USAID/Madagascar’s Mission Director. “USAID in Madagascar is using many innovative approaches to tackle some of the greatest health challenges in the country, and we are looking forward to sharing our work and accomplishments with Mr. Warren.”

Ending preventable child and maternal deaths is a priority for USAID worldwide. USAID/Madagascar is fully committed to delivering high-impact and effective maternal, newborn and child survival interventions that address in significant ways the primary causes of mortality. To increase the impact of our work, USAID/Madagascar is identifying innovative solutions to challenging issues such as newborn cord-care.

May 24, 2012

Figures speak for themselves—fifty percent of children under five years in Madagascar are acutely or chronically malnourished. The US government through USAID/Madagascar and its community health project, Santenet2, is working to put an end to this situation by presenting, on Thursday May 24, twenty baby scales to the community health volunteers (CHVs) in Anjeva Gare and Ambanitsena communes, to help them monitor the growth of children 5 in their respective villages.

Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually close understanding of the community they serve. This trusting relationship enables CHVs to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

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Newly-Released Report Assesses Strengths, Weaknesses of Madagascar’s Community Health Volunteer Activities

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report with UNICEF and the President’s Malaria Initiative today that assesses the strengths and weaknesses of Madagascar’s Community Health Volunteer (CHV) activities. Serving more than 5,700 villages, CHV activities have operated for more than a decade, with recent expansion to more than 35,000 volunteers nationally.

Last updated: May 08, 2014

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