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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 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.

August 14, 2020

Banyan Global Supports USAID Missions to Carry Out COVID-specific Gender Analyses

In collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, Banyan Global has developed a job aid tool under the USAID-funded Gender Integration and Technical Assistance (GITA) II task order to support USAID missions to carry out COVID-specific gender analyses of activities focused on COVID-19 risk mitigation and response. Banyan Global is also using the tool to carry out 17 COVID-specific gender analyses for USAID activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.

August 11, 2020

Youth Champions in Uganda on the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)-funded Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) in Uganda, Banyan Global supports youth champions in giving back to their communities through the Vijana Leo (My Community, My Responsibility) activity. When Yumbe Gender-Based Violence Network (YUGNET) set out to assess the health and financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic within the villages in Yumbe town council, Leilah Chandiru, a MAPD youth champion from Charanga ward, was on the team of frontline community data collectors in a community gender-based violence (GBV) survey conducted by YUGNET during the lockdown period.

August 11, 2020

Youth Leading Youth for Village-based Entrepreneurship and Business Opportunities in Ethiopia

Eighteen-year-old Abraha Grimy has been a participant in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Feed the Future Ethiopia Value Chain Activity’s (VCA) mentorship program in Enderta woreda, Felegselam kebele since December 2019. In his role as a mentor, Abraha provides advice to 10 youth mentees who live around his village.

June 29, 2020

Perseverance in the Time of COVID-19

Tefera Lemi is a beneficiary of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Feed the Future Ethiopia Value Chain Activity (EVCA) and an agro-dealer/animal feed distributor in the Meraro Kebele, located in the Oromia Region. For Tefera, COVID-19 has meant fewer customers and sales due to movement restrictions and transport shortages.

June 22, 2020

Mentors in Ethiopia Empower Fellow Women Entrepreneurs

Banyan Global leads the implementation of a mentorship program for women and youth on the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Feed the Future Ethiopia Value Chain Activity (VCA), linking established producers working in coffee, chickpea, maize, poultry, dairy, and livestock with women and youth who are interested and committed to pursuing similar businesses.

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.

June 5, 2020

Empleando Futuros Launches Biosafety Courses to Help Honduran Workforce Respond to COVID-19

As part of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Honduras, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Empleando Futuros (Employing Futures) project worked with the Honduran National Professional Training Institute (INFOP) and nine other government agencies to coordinate the development of a general manual on the basics of biosafety and a corresponding online certification course.

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