Education and Awareness in Madagascar

Education and Awareness in Madagascar

Location: Various locations, Madagascar

About the events:

PSI/Madagascar took the opportunity of the 2011 World Pneumonia Day to kick-off its pneumonia program, which seeks to increase appropriate management of pneumonia case in the community.

The program promotes care-seeking behavior to qualified providers among parents when their child present with cough or difficulty breathing using behavior change communication campaigns, improves quality of service from providers by training them on the integrated management of sick children and supervising them regularly, and ensures better availability of the first-line antibiotic recommended by introducing a pre-packaged pneumonia treatment (PPT) so as to constitute the necessary antibiotics for one course-treatment, in a dosage and form suitable for children (flavored, dispersible), provided with illustrated instructions to ensure treatment compliance and recovery.

PSI/Madagascar marked World Pneumonia Day through a press conference, animations using games, radio, a puppet show and mobile video to raise awareness about pneumonia, its manifestation, prevention and the availability of the PPT through community health workers.