Accessible Continuum of Care and Essential Services Sustained, or ACCESS, is a five-year, USAID-funded program that aims to accelerate sustainable health impacts for the Malagasy people through three objectives: (1) quality health services are sustainably available and accessible to all Malagasy communities in the target regions; (2) health systems function effectively to support quality service delivery; and (3) the Malagasy people sustainably adopt healthy behaviors and social norms.
The program is led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH). CCP’s role is to support the project’s efforts related to adoption of healthy behaviors and social norms, covering a wide range of health areas from maternal, newborn, and child health and family planning to malaria and nutrition. These efforts aim to ensure that by the end of the project:
- The Malagasy people demonstrate knowledge and practice of healthy behaviors
- Communities and institutions promote and support healthy behaviors
- Barriers to health and health-seeking behaviors for the poor and underserved are reduced
CCP will support the Ministry of Public Health in its efforts to increase healthy behaviors, generate demand for services and products and create a supportive environment for health-seeking behaviors. In partnership with other ACCESS consortium members, CCP will also work to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Public Health to design, manage and evaluate effective, strategic and evidence-based social and behavior change interventions.