Public health: The United States Government Launches  » ACCES program » in Madagascar

he U.S. Government, through the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID), together with Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health has officially launched the
Accessible Continuum of Care and Essential Services Sustained (ACCESS)Activity
a five year, $90 million health program that aims to improve and expand health services for the Malagasy people.
The ACCESS program will increase the availability of quality health services, improve health infrastructure, strengthen the capacity of the Malagasy health system, and promote healthy behaviorsamong Malagasy communities. Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a U.S based non profit global health organization with a long history of work in Madagascar,
is leading the activity, with the support of several local and international partner organizations. In his remarks, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar, Michael
Pelletier,emphasizedthat, “The ACCESS health program is the largest health project the United States has ever funded in Madagascar, and continues the strong partnership betw
een our two countries. Together, we will save lives, empower communities, and promote sustainable solutions.”
Nearly 16 million people will benefit from the ACCESS program, which will conduct activities in 10 regions (Atsinanana, Vatovavy Fitovinany, Atsi
mo Andrefana, Menabe, Melaky, Boeny, Sofia, Diana, Sava and Analanjirofo) to achieve three main objectives:  Quality health services are sustainably available and accessible to all Malagasy communes in thetargeted regions, Health systems function effectively to support quality health service delivery, and The Malagasy people sustainably adopt healthy behaviors and social norms.
The ACCESS program will provide family planning and reproductive health services in the regions of Vakinakaratra, Amoron’i Mania, and Haute Matsiatra.
Through the ACCESS program, the U.S. Government will support the Government of Madagascar to accelerate sustainable health impacts for the Malagasy people and  strengthen the Ministry of Public Health’s stewardship of the health sector, contributing to Madagascar’s development journey.