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PRB: Safidy can improve family planning outcomes by using HIPs

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) has released a web feature and short film about Blue Ventures' community health programme – known in Madagascar as Safidy, the Malagasy word for 'choice'. This programme supports the ability of all people to freely choose the number and spacing of their births, and aligns with three of PRB's High Impact Practices (HIPs) ...

Blog: Communication is key! Contextualising health promotion in Kaledupa

Our Indonesian partner Forkani recently held a communication training for health workers to help increase community engagement with health issues on Kaledupa Island, Indonesia Read the full post: Communication is key! Contextualising health promotion in Kaledupa

Blog: Progress, experience, and passion: 11 years of supporting community health services in Madagascar

11 years ago today, Blue Ventures made the decision to diversify its approach and support local health service provision. In this blog Nick Reed-Krase reflects on the development, accomplishments and future of the Safidy programme. Read the full post: Progress, experience, and passion: 11 years of supporting community health services in Madagascar

K4Health: Passion with Purpose

In 2017, the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), conducted a three-day storytelling workshop in Madagascar in collaboration with USAID Madagascar and Blue Ventures. This workshop gave members of the Madagascar PHE Network an opportunity to improve their knowledge management and storytelling skills, and to share their stories with ...

The St Andrews Prize: TEDx Talk – Dr Vik Mohan, Blue Ventures

The St Andrews Prize for the Environment recognises practical solutions to environmental challenges that are developed and implemented by multidisciplinary teams or community groups. Blue Ventures won this prize in 2014, and Medical Director Dr Vik Mohan travelled to St Andrews University to present the organisation’s integrated approach to conservation. Dr Mohan addressed a TEDx audience ...

Devex: How family planning can help save cheetahs

Devex mentions Blue Ventures' community health work as a successful example of a holistic approach to conservation: Conservation NGO Blue Ventures has integrated family planning into its work with coastal communities in Madagascar since 2007.  An evaluation revealed that the combined program effectively expanded contraceptive access to previously hard-to-reach communities while also promoting sustainable management of marine resources. Read ...

Madagascar PHE Network: Introduction of PHE quality charter

Twenty health and environmental organisations in Madagascar – including Blue Ventures – have signed the world’s very first PHE quality charter, signalling their commitment to rights-based PHE partnerships designed to improve the health of people and the environment. Madagascar’s PHE movement has been growing rapidly since the creation of a national PHE network in July ...

Blog: PHE training brings new partners together in the Lamu Archipelago

By working in partnership using the PHE approach, Safari Doctors and the Northern Rangeland Trust are looking to increase their impact in isolated communities in Kenya. Read the full post: PHE training brings new partners together in the Lamu Archipelago

Resurgence & Ecologist: The role of reproductive health and rights in conservation

David Johnson and Carina Hirsch of Resurgence & Ecologist tell the story of Irene, a resident of Tampolove village in remote southwest Madagascar, and of Blue Ventures' decision to start offering family planning services. Irene was still at school when she had her son. With little to no access to health care, she would have ...

New horizons for homestays in Madagascar

Members of Hébergement Vezo, the homestay association of the remote village of Andavadoaka in southwest Madagascar, have proven their determination and drive from the very start of their ecotourism venture just under one year ago. Welcoming their first Blue Ventures volunteers into their homes informally in December 2016, and as part of an official programme ...
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