By Priyam Sharda, Design Research Lead for M4ID, and Shafia Rashid, Principal Technical Advisor for Management Sciences for Health. Photos by M4ID. “For the first three months, the baby is just blood. There’s nothing there to take care of,” said one Kenyan father-to-be in Kakamega County, Western Kenya, where we were meeting with communities and health care providers to learn about their attitudes toward women’s health, pregnancy, and care at health facilities.

 {Photo Credit: Samy Rakotoniaina/MSH}A USAID Mikolo-supported Community Health Volunteer makes a home visit.Photo Credit: Samy Rakotoniaina/MSH

Madagascar experienced a surge in malaria cases in 2015, particularly in the southwestern regions, despite the Ministry of Public Health’s efforts to combat the disease. Interventions such as insecticide-treated bednet distributions and indoor spraying proved insufficient to deal with malaria in rural areas.

Healthcare Information For All (HIFA) has welcomed MSH as a new supporting organization to help promote the importance of access to health information and rights for all. HIFA is a professional global health network working in collaboration with WHO. This network has more than 18,000 health workers, librarians, publishers, researchers, and policymakers committed to accelerating progress toward the vision of a world where every person has access to the health care information they need to protect their own health and that of others.