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September 23, 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.

May 26, 2020

Malagasy Midwife Uses Skills from SHOPS Plus Training to Increase Impact

SHOPS Plus provides training in service quality and financial and business management to private providers in Madagascar, equipping them with the skills needed to achieve greater impact in their communities. In celebration of International Midwives Day, SHOPS Plus shines the spotlight on one midwife who used these trainings to further her business goals and dreams for the future.

January 24, 2020

SHOPS Plus and Société Générale Bank in Senegal Host Health Day

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Sustaining Health Outcomes Through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Plus provider access to finance activity, led by Banyan Global, supports private health facilities— including health SMEs—to strengthen their business and financial management skills and improve their access to financing. Working with the Société Générale Bank in Senegal's (SGBS) Maison de la PME seemed like an excellent opportunity to expand the project’s outreach to more health SMEs.

August 15, 2019

Business-Savvy Doctor Amps Up Service

Dr. Ndeye Pende Ndiaye, director of Bio Amarie Laboratory and Clinic in Kaolack, Senegal, used her newly acquired business skills from a SHOPS Plus training to purchase lab equipment that will help clinic staff diagnose and treat more illnesses.

February 12, 2019

Making Bookkeeping Easier for Private Health Providers

Managing a business is a lot of work and many health care providers who own facilities have never received training in business administration, making it even more of a challenge. SHOPS Plus helps providers acquire the necessary skills to run their facilities efficiently and effectively through business and financial management training. These skills are particularly important in accessing credit. 

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