Last year, it was estimated that 1,804 of the 3,194 women in Madagascar who suffered from cervical cancer died. The HPV vaccine is not only a cost-effective method to prevent the economic burden of cervical cancers; it also protects against other types of cancers and symptoms of HPV, such as pelvic inflammatory disease.
In Madagascar, health volunteers are reducing maternal and child mortality as they bring life-saving services, including vaccines, to isolated villages.
In Madagascar, JSI supported the introduction of HPV vaccine in a two-phase pilot. Lora Shimp and Heather Casciato share the key lessons learned from the program for World Immunization Week.
As we celebrate World Immunization Week April 24-30, 2016, it’s important to remember that one way to “close the gap” on immunization services is by re-examining the wealth of data currently available at the country level and empowering health workers to leverage their historical data to reach their target populations more effectively.
When a political crisis led to restrictions on spending on Madagascar’s public sector, the USAID-funded MAHEFA project innovated news ways and forged new partnerships to improve health outcomes at the community level.
The buzz of intense conversation didn’t stop…in less than two days, a select group of 150 delegates to the Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) Conference in Addis Ababa produced an impressive list of recommendations reflecting work in the Philippines, Tanzania, Madagascar, Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia among other countries. PHE is a severely under-funded initiative, struggling to find its way among the sectoral approaches favored by donors.