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{Photo Credit: Samy Rakotoniaina}Lynda Razafiharilalao, a Malagasy community health volunteer, shows various modules of the mHealth app to a fellow volunteer.Photo Credit: Samy Rakotoniaina

In rural areas of Madagascar, community health volunteers (CHVs) are instrumental in improving maternal and child health services. Their activities include raising awareness on healthy behaviors, child growth monitoring, family planning counseling and services, and treatment of simple illnesses, such as pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. As CHVs are part of Madagascar’s health system, their activity reports feed into the national health information system.

{Photo Credit: RMA}Participants at the 19th Rwanda Medical Association's Annual Scientific Conference and General Assembly.Photo Credit: RMA

"Marginalized populations are not always a few people at the extreme margins of society; sometimes they make up the majority of the population,” said Dr. Koffi Ange Houngbedhi, SDGs Center of Africa, at the Rwanda Medical Association’s 19th Annual Scientific Conference and General Assembly. “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to encourage an integrated approach to development, with a focus on the most vulnerable people.

{Photo Credit: MSH}Community members discuss plague response.Photo Credit: MSH

Bubonic plague is endemic in Madagascar. Typically, the country experiences 400 to 600 cases of the disease each year. However, in 2017 the plague also took the pneumonic form. Between August 1 and November 26 there were 2,417 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of plague, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than three-quarters of the cases were clinically classified as pneumonic.

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