Community Health Volunteers Combat Malaria in Madagascar

Oct 6, 2017 · 5 min read
CHVs hold group sessions to teach people healthy behaviors to avoid getting malaria.
CHV Zafy André uses home visits to reach more members of his community in south western Madagascar.
Sleeping under an insecticide-treated mosquito net protects all community members from malaria.
USAID Madagascar’s Health, Population and Nutrition Office Director, Daniele Nyirandutiye, demonstrates proper indoor residual spraying techniques in Vohipeno, Eastern Madagascar.
Zafy André completes forms reporting community health data. CHVs are an integral part of Madagascar’s health system and regularly submit community health data on malaria, which informs decisions and policy at the national level.
Managing malaria in their communities is made easier for CHVs by rapid diagnostic tests that can identify simple malaria cases. Here, Zafi André checks the result of a rapid diagnostic test administered to a child with a fever.
Treating children like this two-year-old, who tested positive for malaria, is one of many reasons why CHVs serve a vital role in Malagasy communities.
A CHV from southwest Madagascar submits his reports to the head of a health center.
With the support of the President’s Malaria Initiative, USAID, and USAID Mikolo, CHVs are able to keep children like this four-year-old girl safer from malaria, giving them a better chance at a long, healthy life.


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