Reaching the Youngest Moms and Dads: A Socio-Ecological View of Actors and Factors Influencing First-time Young Parents’ Use of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Madagascar

Globally, few programs consider the needs of first-time young parents (FTYPs), who face disproportionate negative health consequences during pregnancy and childbirth. Formative research in two regions of Madagascar used a socio-ecological lens to explore the influences on FTYPs at the individual, couple, family, community, and system levels. We spoke with FTYPs who had, and who […]

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Improving Service Readiness and Provider Capacity Summary Findings from the Endline Assessment of the MCSP Madagascar Program

MCSP assisted the MOH in Madagascar to improve facility readiness to provide maternal and newborn health services and strengthen clinical practices in 822 facilities across 16 regions. The primary approaches to achieve these objectives included in-service and pre-service training, supportive supervision and mentoring for health facility clinical staff, clinical governance and quality improvement (CG/QI) activities, […]

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“Because my Husband and I Have Never Had a Baby Before…” Results and Lessons from Interventions with First-Time Parents in Madagascar, Mozambique, and Nigeria


This technical brief presents findings and lessons learned from small-scale interventions implemented by MCSP with first-time parents (FTPs) in three diverse settings. This presentation of cross-country learning is intended to help program implementers design effective interventions for FTPs and to inform future research and learning agendas. This document first describes the three intervention approaches and […]

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Gender-Based Violence E-Learning Module in Madagascar

In Madagascar, MCSP adapted and translated an e-learning module for the antenatal care setting, which it originally developed in partnership with Ghana’s Ministry of Health and validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana for use in the pre-service setting with community nurses and midwives. The learning objectives of the module include: Define gender, […]

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Maternal Child Survival Program
Maternal and Child Survival Program