Health Impact of Family Planning in Madagascar: Three Questions with USAID Mikolo's Project Director

{The daughter of a community health volunteer with her newborn.} Photo Credit: Sara Holtz/MSHThe daughter of a community health volunteer with her newborn.


 John Yanulis is program director of the USAID Mikolo project, which is reducing maternal, infant and child morbidity and mortality across nine regions in Madagascar. Funded in 2013, the project provides increased access to and improved quality of community-based primary health care services. Through community health volunteers trained in reproductive health and family planning, the project has reached more than 108,000 women who were not previously using family planning methods, and provided over 83,000 couple years protection. The project has introduced new medicines and technologies, including chlorhexidine to prevent umbilical cord infection, misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage, and Sayana Press, a low-dose single-use injectable contraceptive.

Q: What is the goal of the USAID Mikolo Project?

Q: What drives you to do this work?

Q: When it comes to family planning, what is USAID Mikolo's on-the-ground impact?




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