Reaching Young Women and First-Time Moms with Friendly, Lifesaving Services in Madagascar

Date of Publication
2018

This article describes a project in Madagascar to reach first time young parents.

With funding from the United States Agency for International Development’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), in partnership with several ministries led by the Ministry of Health such as Education, Communication, Youth, and Population, MCSP launched Tanora Mitsinjo Taranaka (Young people looking after their legacy”) or TMT. Building on MCSP’s success in increasing access to family planning services in Madagascar, the initiative is designed to reach first-time, young parents, both mothers and fathers, in Morondava and Miandrivazo districts in Menabe region, and those who influence them.

Since TMT started in May 2017, the initiative has empowered 75 community health workers and 32 health providers with skills and confidence to provide friendly adolescent sexual and reproductive health services and to encourage first-time parents to use those services