Madagascar medical school incorporates SHOPS Plus training into the curriculum

In June 2020, SHOPS Plus and the School of Medicine at the University of Antananarivo, in Madagascar, agreed to integrate SHOPS Plus quality assurance and business and financial management training into the university’s curriculum for eighth year medical students. This agreement will ensure the continuation of SHOPS Plus private health sector training efforts beyond the life of the project.

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Photo: Representatives of the SHOPS Plus project and the School of Medicine, University of Antananarivo, at the signing of the agreement in Madagascar.


Training private providers to improve service quality and financial management

Since 2016, SHOPS Plus has trained more than 1,000 private providers across Madagascar in healthcare services quality assurance, and more than 550 in business and financial management. Through the trainings, providers have acquired knowledge and skills to improve the quality of services they provide and strengthen the financial management and sustainability of their facilities. They are now better equipped to increase access to high-quality health services in the country and, ultimately, improve health outcomes.

Two women handing over signed MOU documentsPreparing future doctors for today’s critical health challenges

The next academic year, eighth year medical students at the University of Antananarivo will have access to the same SHOPS Plus trainings through their medical curriculum. Through this partnership, the School of Medicine will increase the effectiveness, quality, and diversity of its curriculum. This will provide new opportunities for students to strengthen their understanding of healthcare quality and financing, which promises to have a lasting impact on the Malagasy population.

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Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Plus is a five-year cooperative agreement (AID-OAA-A-15-00067) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This website is made possible by the generous support of the American people through USAID. The information provided on this website is not official U.S. government information and does not represent the views or positions of USAID or the U.S. government.

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