Medical Equipment Donation to Enhance Quality of Health Services in 13 Districts of Madagascar

 {Photo credit: Samy Rakotoniaina/MSH}Left to right: Dr. Hoasy Solange, Regional Director of Boeny region; General Lylyson, Governor of Sofia region; Aaron Hawkins, Deputy Director of the USAID ACCESS Program; Dr. Rabenandrasana Florent, Regional Director of Sofia regionPhoto credit: Samy Rakotoniaina/MSH

The MSH-led, USAID-funded ACCESS Program in Madagascar works with the Ministry of Public Health and local partners to strengthen the quality of health services delivered from the community to referral hospitals, particularly focusing on maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health. Adequate access to and use of medical materials and equipment is one important element to improving the quality of care in Madagascar. 

"We can have health workers and health facilities, but none of these contribute to good health care without medical equipment," said General Lylyson, Governor of Sofia, at an official event to transfer $1.5 million worth of beds, mattresses, and medical materials and equipment to health centers in the Boeny and Sofia regions of northwestern Madagascar.

The donation, made through the USAID ACCESS Program in partnership with Project C.U.R.E., builds on previous investments in Madagascar’s health infrastructure. It includes diagnostic tools, birthing kits, intravenous solution stands, and scales that will be dispatched to 13 districts in the regions. 

Focused on the most vulnerable, underserved, and poorest people in 13 of Madagascar’s 22 regions, the USAID ACCESS Program aims to accelerate sustainable health impacts for the Malagasy population. The project also supports the Ministry of Public Health in its COVID-19 response activities at national and regional levels, including infection prevention and control, surveillance, awareness-raising efforts, strengthening national coordination, and support to vaccine roll-out.

{Photo credit: Samy Rakotoniaina/MSH}Photo credit: Samy Rakotoniaina/MSH