USAID Mahefa Miaraka Donates Vehicles, Computer and Office Equipment to the Ministry of Public Health

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USAID is transferring some equipment to the Ministry of Public Health to ensure the continued effective delivery of health services
USAID is transferring vehicles, computer, and office equipment to the Ministry of Public Health to ensure the continued effective delivery of health services
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For Immediate Release

Friday, June 11, 2021

ANTANANARIVO - For the past five years, the Mahefa Miaraka community health program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has been improving the delivery of community health services in rural parts of Madagascar.  With the Mahefa Miaraka program coming to a close this month, it is transferring some equipment to the Ministry of Public Health to ensure the continued effective delivery of those services.  USAID and Mahefa Miaraka today handed over six all-terrain vehicles, 23 motorcycles, and hundreds of computers and office materials to the ministry.

“USAID has consistently supported Madagascar’s efforts to improve access to health care, particularly community health,” said Dr. Haja Razafindrafito, USAID’s Deputy Director for Health, Population, and Nutrition.

Prof. Rakotomalala D. Patrick, Chief of Staff for the Minister of Public Health, represented the Minister at the ceremony and welcomed the donation. “These are critical materials and equipment for the Ministry.  They will help us improve health service delivery in our health facilities at the central, regional, and district levels. I urge health workers to use them judiciously and take good care of them,” said Prof. Rakotomalala.

The U.S. Government, through USAID, funded Mahefa Miaraka with $31 million over five years to strengthen the planning, delivery, and management of community health services for the Malagasy people.  The program put special emphasis on improving family planning, helping communities become open defecation-free, preventing child marriage, and delivering health and nutrition services for pregnant women, new mothers, and young children.  Among many impacts, Mahefa Miaraka trained more than 9,500 community health volunteers, treated more than 377,000 cases of malaria in children, and helped more than 468,000 women access modern family planning methods.

The Mahefa Miaraka program was a collaborative effort between USAID and the Ministry of Public Health; the Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene; and the Ministry of Population, Social Protection, and Women’s Promotion.

Last updated: July 26, 2021

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