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February 11, 2021

Advancing Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Health Virtually

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Improving Market Partnerships and Access to Commodities Together (IMPACT) program's gender equality and social inclusion trainings were typically an in-person, multi-day event. However, after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, IMPACT pivoted to a virtual video-based platform, allowing the trainers to reach diverse technical teams and leadership while prioritizing the safety of all participants.

February 1, 2021

Motorbike Loans Increase Remote Communities’ Access to Vital Health Commodities in Madagascar

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Improving Market Partnerships and Access to Commodities Together (IMPACT) program in Madagascar partnered with AccèsBanque Madagascar to create a new financial product, the “motorbike loan,” designed to help community-level volunteers purchase an affordable mode of transport for delivering vital health commodities to rural communities.

November 6, 2020

Innovation in the Time of COVID: How Remote Capacity Building Will Help Advance Equitable Health-Commodity Supply Chain Distribution in Madagascar's Social Marketing Sector

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Improving Market Partnerships and Access to Commodities Together (IMPACT) program's gender and social inclusion (GESI) team, led by Banyan Global, and social marketing distribution team collaborated to integrate GESI concepts into the existing capacity-building curriculum for health commodities distribution agents. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic threat, the teams recognized that travel and in-person gatherings were limited, which prompted the development and implementation of an innovative remote-based training series.

September 28, 2020

IMPACT Program Celebrates World Contraception Day in Madagascar with Mass Communication Campaign

This World Contraception Day, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Improving Market Partnerships and Access to Commodities Together (IMPACT) program is supporting family planning and informed reproductive health choices alongside the Ministry of Health’s efforts to promote the dissemination of the new family planning law through a series of family planning-focused messages targeted to different audiences. The Banyan Global team, as the lead for IMPACT’s gender and social inclusion (GESI) work, was critical to the development of these messages.

September 22, 2020

Private Providers and Banks Meet the Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in early March 2020, the Madagascar government imposed a nationwide lockdown, restricting travel and limiting business activity within the country. Despite these constraints, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector Plus (SHOPS Plus) access to finance team continued to support private health facilities in providing essential healthcare services to their communities.

September 20, 2020

Maintaining the Private Sector’s Commitment to Providing Health Commodities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 infections in Madagascar in early 2020, the government imposed a nationwide lockdown restricting travel and limiting business activities within the country. Despite these constraints, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Improving Market Partnerships and Access to Commodities Together (IMPACT) Program team was committed to finding ways to support its private sector partners in continuing to provide vital health commodities to their communities during the crisis.

June 17, 2020

Innovative Drone Technology Brings Contraceptives to Remote Communities in Madagascar

The need to improve access to family planning in rural communities presents a great challenge and, in turn, warrants innovative strategies to help expand access in remote areas. In response, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Improving Market Partnerships and Access to Commodities Together (IMPACT) program in Madagascar has begun to explore the use of drone technology to deliver family planning resources.

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