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Mahefa Miaraka trained more than 9,500 community health volunteers how to treat common childhood diseases and provide reproductive health and family planning services to mothers and youth.
May 20, 2021

Today, USAID Mission Director John Dunlop and the Minister of Public Health Professeur Rakotovao Hanitrala Jean Louis marked the close of USAID’s five-year Community Capacity for Health Program during an online ceremony.  Since 2016, the program, locally known as Mahefa Miaraka or 'Together we are capable' in the Malagasy language, has provided technical support to the Ministry of Public Health to implement the National Community Health Policy (PNSC) in seven regions – Analanjirofo, Boeny, DIANA, Melaky, Menabe, SAVA, and Sofia.  While Mahefa Miaraka is closing, the legacy of its work and many of its initiatives will continue.

Dr. Gilbert Andrianandrasana was recognized with the U.S. Embassy's Champions of Madagascar "Mpiara-dia" Award
May 14, 2021

U.S. Ambassador Michael Pelletier recognized Dr. Gilbert Andrianandrasana with the U.S. Embassy’s Champions of Madagascar “Mpiaradia” Award for his leadership in delivering personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and health centers across Madagascar. Dr. Gilbert is the Chief of Party for the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) IMPACT health program. The U.S. Department of Defense provided the PPE supplies as part of its ongoing efforts to mitigate and prevent COVID-19.

250,000 doses of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine arrived on May 8.
May 10, 2021

The United States congratulates Madagascar on the successful arrival of 250,000 doses of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine on May 8. This shipment was made possible through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. The United States recently announced an initial $2 billion obligation—out of a total planned $4 billion— to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to support the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, making us the single largest contributor to global COVID-19 vaccine access.

"Mosquito bed nets are an extremely simple and effective method to prevent malaria" -- Ambassador Michael Pelletier
April 25, 2021

Malaria remains one of Madagascar’s major public health problems.  It is the fourth leading cause of disease and one of the top reasons people seek care at health centers.  In 2020, nearly two million cases of malaria were reported in the country, almost twice the number of cases reported in 2019. 

Under the USAID/Power Africa grant, Nanoé is establishing nano-grids centered on health facilities
March 26, 2021

If doctors do not have access to electricity, providing even basic health care can be perilous.  “A number of doctors have shared shocking stories of delivering babies in the dark and navigating complicated births by the light of their phones – situations that can put both mother and baby at risk,” says Nicolas Saincy.  He is the co-founder of Nanoé, a French-Malagasy social enterprise that in October 2020 received a $240,000 grant from the U.S. government to electrify 35 rural health clinics serving 140,000 people. 


Last updated: July 01, 2021

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