SHOPS Plus support
SHOPS Plus acknowledged that access to finance and weak business management skills were significant barriers to quality improvement among private providers in Madagascar. The project provided technical assistance in business management to help private health facility leaders better manage their health practices, purchase necessary equipment, apply for loans, and make other decisions necessary to promote a work culture that prioritizes quality. One-on-one coaching was available to a few providers who requested it.
SHOPS Plus Madagascar worked with the government to increase the private sector’s capacity to deliver high quality health products and services through activities that could be continued by local stakeholders, with emphasis on reaching the poor—especially those residing in Anamalanga Region.
The private health sector plays an important role in the provision of care in Madagascar, but the true scope and distribution of private health facilities remain unknown. In 2019, the Ministry of Health (MSP) asked USAID and SHOPS Plus to conduct a mapping of all private health facilities in Madagascar. SHOPS Plus conducted the mapping exercise in close cooperation and with the support of the focal points of the MSP, the Department of Studies, Planning and Information System (DEPSI), Professional Orders and Associations, and the health districts.
SHOPS Plus implemented social and behavior change communication campaigns that used mass media, digital health, and interpersonal communication channels to reach an annual average of almost 40 million consumers* with health messages. From 2019 to 2020, the project reached 56,944,525.
Despite significant advancements in reducing child mortality, diarrhea along with pneumonia and malaria accounts for a majority of under-five deaths. SHOPS Plus contributes to the reduction of childhood mortality and illness by improving access to child health services through private sector engagement.
Couple years of protection is the estimated protection provided by contraceptive methods. During the period of October 2018 to September 2020 based on the volume of all contraceptives sold or distributed free of charge to clients, SHOPS Plus provided 2,526,824 couple years of protection. 466,601 couple years of protection came from 2019 to 2020.