Webinar slides: Next stop – healthcare: Improving community access to emergency transport using publicly available transport

Transaid and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) have hosted a webinar on 10th March 2022, to share the impact and key learnings of a collaboration between local transport cooperatives and rural communities to support access to emergency transport as a part of USAID funded ‘Community Capacity for Health Program’ (CCHP).

In Madagascar, the mortality rates for mothers and children under five (CU5) were 335 and 51 per 100,000 in 2019, respectively. Delays in seeking access to quality care are a key contributor to maternal and under-five mortality and inadequate access to transport has been identified as one of the three major reasons for delays in access to health services.

This webinar discussed the impact of a collaboration between transport cooperatives and communities to expand community emergency transport networks between rural communities and health centres and hospitals, supporting community members to more easily and affordably access health care. The webinar shared key learnings from the project, highlight how the partnership was successfully integrated and explored the opportunities for scaling the approach.

Speakers included:

  • Dr Yvette Ribaira: Chief of Party, Madagascar Community Capacity for Health Program
  • Dr Izaka Rabeson: Specialist in Community Health Funding and Emergency Transportation
  • Mahery Ramanantoanina: Reguibak BCC and Mobilisation Officer DIANA
  • Kim van der Weijde: Project Manger, Transaid

The USAID Community Capacity for Health Program—known in Madagascar as Mahefa Miaraka was a five-year (2016–2021) community-based integrated health program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Program was a collaborative effort among the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), USAID, and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI).

Click below to download the webinar slides.