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Mahefa Miaraka Shows Emergency Transport Work During Royal Visit

November 2, 2017

The USAID Community Capacity for Health Program, locally known as Mahefa Miaraka, welcomed HRH Princess Royal of Britain on October 26th, 2017, during a week-long visit to Madagascar. Princess Ann is the Royal Patron of the program’s sub-recipient, Transaid UK, which supports sustainable transport improvements.

Mahefa Miaraka is a five-year, USAID-funded initiative to strengthen the local public health system’s capacity to manage community health activities and to support community health volunteers (CHVs). The program works in seven remote regions in north and west Madagascar (Analanjirofo, SAVA, DIANA, Sofia, Boeny Melaky, and Menabe) building on the work of the former USAID-funded Community-Based Integrated Health Program, also known as MAHEFA.

Transaid has been an important partner for both Mahefa Miaraka and MAHEFA over the last seven years. As part of its support, Transaid leads efforts to increase community-owned emergency transportation schemes and to improve CHV mobility. In addition, it has developed e-box — a bicycle sales and repair social enterprise that supports health activities in four communities.

During her visit, Her Royal Highness met with representatives from the program, including Mahefa Miaraka deputy director Dr. Yvette Ribaira, JSI senior advisor Elaine Rossi, health volunteers with the transport program: Mr. Fréderic, an active member of the Bemanonga commune; Mr. Robin Erinesy, an emergency transport system rider; and three CHVs — Ms. Elanirina Béatrice, Ms. Marie Arlande Flaubertine, and Mr. Rakoto Michel. Her Royal Highness also had the opportunity to meet with partners including Romy Andrianarintsalama, JSI emergency transport specialist; representatives from NGO Lalana that builds bicycle ambulances and related products; USAID’s Dr. Jocelyne Andriamiadana; Ligentia, one of Transaid’s corporate partners; and Transaid’s head of fundraising Florence Bearman.

Learn more about Mahefa Miaraka and Transaid’s work in community health.