Mahefa Miaraka : the largest community health program of USAID in Madagascar


After Mahefa Program, Mahefa Miaraka Program will impact almost one quart of malagasy people. Touching 6,1 million people so 23,3 % of Malagasy population, the program MAHEFA MIARAKA is a 5 years USAID funded program from June 2016 to June 2021. The program was officially launched yesterday during a ceremony held at Colbert Hotel in presence of Mr Mamy Lalatiana ANDRIAMANARIVO, Minister of Public Health, Michelle GODETTE, General Director of USAID and Ms CHUANPIT Chua-oon, Program Director.


The program is a collaboration between the Ministry of  Public Health, USAID and JSI Research and Training Institute as Michelle GODETTE declared  in her statement « The success of this project is only possible due to the excellent partnership between the Madagascar Government, USAID , JSI, the Community volunteers we supports and the résidents of the communities we serve »  As the name of the program suggests, Mahefa Miaraka means  « Together We are Capable », « together we are stronger and can achieve our goals ». 


Known as the Community Capacity for Health (CCH) program, Mahefa Miaraka is the largest of its kind, seven  regions (Analanjirofo, Sava, Diana, Sofia, Boeny, Melaky and Menabe)  34 districts, 450 Communes and 5205 Fokontany,  Mahefa Miaraka is funded at the tune of 32.992.279 $ which 30 millions $ comes directly from American People through USAID.


Women and children are the main target of the program whose objective is first  to alleviate maternal and child mortality factors in isolated places,  strenghten the capacity of the public sector to plan, provide and manage community health services and finally reinvigorate community engagement in health. To the Minister Mamy Lalatiana ANDRIAMANARIVO, « Mahefa Miaraka is a solid support to the Madagascar’s National Health Sector Development  Plan » ; The Minister who was deeply saddened after a descent in Melaky region personally congratulate the USAID program for considering the  region within the program.


Mahefa Miaraka will work closely with 449 primary health centers and 9800 community health volunteers. Other areas of intervention such as prevention of sexually transmitted infections, promotion of water, sanitation and hygien, improved nutrition and malaria prevention  will also be included in the program.

Published on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 10:35