Women's, Children's, and Adolescents' Health: Our Impact

 {Photo credit: Verohanitra Rahariniaina/USAID|MIKOLO.}Justine brings Justina to vaccination day.Photo credit: Verohanitra Rahariniaina/USAID|MIKOLO.

With the signature chubby cheeks and plump thighs of a well-fed, healthy baby, Justina charms the villagers in Mizilo Gare, the small Malagasy commune where she lives. They admire Justina’s good health and consider her mother, Justine, a role model for other mothers in the community.

 {Photo credit: Heidi Yanulis}MIKOLO Project Director John YanulisPhoto credit: Heidi Yanulis

Over 100 guests attended the USAID/Madagascar MIKOLO project launch on December 4, 2013 at the MSH office in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Participants included public health experts in Madagascar, as well as MSH founder, Ron O’Connor. Dr. O’Connor spoke at the launch, as did MIKOLO Project Director John Yanulis and USAID Mission Director Susan Riley, setting the stage for strong collaboration and support from USAID/Madagascar.  

A Conversation with Dr Erik Schouten When considering which public health intervention is best for a country or region for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, the World Health Organization (WHO) provides a set of guidelines that provide options for various settings. When on-the-ground realities in Malawi prevented widespread implementation of either option A or option B “as written,” the government of Malawi took a bold step to better meet the needs of its population, in what they dubbed Option B+.

Stanislas Nebie. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Benin has historically had one of the highest death rates for children under the age of five, but the Bamako Initiative of 1987, in which African ministers vowed to increase the availability of healthcare services, ushered in an era of community-based health care reform that has shown considerable success.

Girls at Enjil Comprehensive Health Center, Herat Province. Photo by Julie O'Brien.Building on a strong history of health-system strengthening in Afghanistan, MSH is working with its partners to cut by half the high number of child deaths over the next four years. At the end of Taliban rule, Afghanistan registered one of the worst child health statistics in the world: one child in four died before reaching age five. Although progress has been made—the under-five child mortality rate has dropped by 25 percent since 2003—today only Sierra Leone has a higher rate.

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