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Fanamamy Retsilaky receives a prize from the Ministry of Public Health for his contribution to the fight against malaria.Photo Credit: Samy Rakotoniaina.

Madagascar has seen a strong upsurge in malaria cases over the past two years, particularly in the southwest, despite the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH)’s eradication efforts. Malaria-carrying mosquitoes seem almost invincible despite the use of insecticide-treated bed nets and indoor spraying. As a result, communities have become more engaged in prevention activities in order to protect themselves from the deadly disease.

{Photo credit: MSH Nigeria}Photo credit: MSH Nigeria

Motivated by drastic improvements in record keeping, record storage capacity, and shorter consultation times—all due to the introduction of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system—the Federal Medical Center Gusau, Zamfara has committed to scaling up the EMR system.

{ Photo credit: Gwenn Dubourthournieu} Photo credit: Gwenn Dubourthournieu

Narba Shenom, a 42-year-old living with HIV in Sabon Garin, Kaura Namoda, Zamfara state, could not disclose her HIV status to her husband, a peasant farmer, or to any of her husband’s other three wives, due to the fear of stigma and discrimination associated with HIV in the community. Narba’s situation was challenging because, like many women from the area, she did not work and depended solely on her husband to provide for her and their children.

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