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PIVOT Community Health On National Television in Madagascar

06 / 13 / 2016


Marco Ravelonanosy, supervisor of PIVOT’s Community Health Program, spent four days this spring with a team from E-See Mag, a Malagasy television program that airs weekly on one of Madagascar’s nationwide networks. Based in the capital city of Antananarivo, journalist Baby Stephane and cameraman Safidy Andriamampihatona spent a week shadowing Marco in his role as supervisor for the Community Health Workers (CHWs) who work with PIVOT to bring primary care capabilities to outlying and underserved communities.

Their visit included visits to two PIVOT health centers, where they conducted interviews with people whose lives have been affected by PIVOT: patients, town mayors, local health inspectors, clinicians, village leaders, and more. Another day was spent traversing the countryside – a regular activity for Marco and his team – which began by crossing a river by boat, then trekking through the villages of Menarano and Ranovao, two remote communities where PIVOT supports local health sites by providing supplies and training CHWs.

The program aired on national television on Sunday June 12 as staff members watched with great excitement. It is PIVOT’s hope that this visibility will help increase national awareness of the organization’s work.