A Health Environment for Healthy Communities (HEHC)
Duration: March 2011-August 2012
The goal of HEHC was to improve the availability of, and access to family planning (FP) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) information and services in Madagascar’s southwestern Atsimo Adrefana Region. The program focused on rural communities with low access to FP/WASH services near the Mikea National Park, an area with exceptional biodiversity. MCDI sought to protect this area that has been compromised by harmful environmental practices.
The project implemented comprehensive FP/WASH interventions while helping target communities manage and conserve their natural resources. Primary objective included:
In order to achieve these goals, MCDI established a community-based distribution program to address the limited accessibility and availability of FP/WASH services and products. Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) were identified and trained to be community-based distributors and were provided with kits containing essential health and basic sanitation products. CHVs were also trained to provide counseling and outreach services to adolescents of reproductive age.
Project highlights include: