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The USAID-funded Integrated Health Services Activity (IHSA) supported the Ministry of Health of Benin and the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to launch an important seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) campaign, where antimalarial medications are given monthly to treat and prevent the disease.

The Ouoré health center is an isolated facility in the commune of Kérou, department of Atacora, in Benin. Based on the volume of services provided by the health center, Ouoré received funding to build a new maternity ward from the Fond d’Appui au Développement des Communes (FaDeC) in 2017.

Building capacity for resource mobilization is at the center of the Government of Benin’s (GOB) decentralization strategy for improving the health and well-being of the people of Benin. The Fonds d’appui au développement des communes (FADeC) is a tool created by the GOB to support this strategy and attests to the government’s strong commitment.

In Benin, gender-based violence (GBV) survivors can access an integrated package of services, including medical and psychosocial care, by visiting one of the country’s One Stop GBV centers, located in the cities of Cotonou, Parakou, and Abomey. However, GBV survivors who live in other regions might be unable to access these services due to financial and other barriers.

Inside this issue:The Integrated Health Services ActivitySeasonal malaria chemoprevention campaignsVirtual One Stop GBV centerRevising the on-site training and supportive supervision approachStrengthening maternal, newborn, and child health through training sessionsEmpowering youth and women’s groups with income-generating activitiesEstablishing CommCare for improved patient follow-upCommuni