Representatives from the Mpanazava Girl Scouts that serves three regions of Madagascar. Mpanazava is one of two grantees piloting HC3’s Urban Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health SBCC Implementation Kit (I-Kit) in Madagascar.

HC3 is providing technical assistance to two organizations in Madagascar to use the Urban Adolescent SBCC Implementation Kit  (available in English and French) in their work on improving the sexual and reproductive health of urban youth. As part of this effort, HC3 is conducting a qualitative analysis of their experiences to determine the I-Kit’s contributions toward strengthening capacity to implement state-of-the-art SBCC programs.

It is also conducting a mixed methods study on sexual and reproductive health among very young rural adolescents (10-14 years old) and health providers in four regions of Madagascar. And HC3 is implementing a standardized survey protocol and questionnaire to measure knowledge, perceptions and beliefs related to malaria, insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying (IRS), and malaria diagnosis and treatment. After the survey results are evaluated, HC3 will develop guidance to more accurately inform SBCC strategies in endemic countries.

Finally, in its work with the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children (UNCoLSC), HC3 is increasing the capacity of local organizations to design and implement evidence-based health communication strategies to increase demand for underutilized reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). Using the Demand Generation Implementation Kit for Underutilized Commodities in RMNCH (available in English and French), the team has provided catalytic funds to implementing partners in Bangladesh, Nepal, Madagascar and Tanzania, supported by specialized virtual and in-personal technical assistance.