In October 2011, MCDI signed a 5 year US$ 30 million cooperative agreement with USAID to increase nationwide coverage and use of key life-saving malaria interventions in support of the Benin National Malaria Strategy. The program will complement the existing USAID/Benin Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program and other donor-supported malaria programs.
The MCDI consortium (consisting of sub-partners Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs (CCP), Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and Africare) has developed a comprehensive approach to combine mass media, advocacy, community mobilization, interpersonal communication, counseling and capacity building to scale-up malaria prevention and increase demand for services. The Consortium has created innovative partnerships with the Beninese private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and includes the active participation of community organizations. MCDI has identified four local umbrella membership organizations that are instrumental in health care provision in Benin and cover (respectively): private companies, many with health clinics, non-governmental organizations (religious or other) that provide health services and manage hospitals and clinics throughout the country; and other NGOs working at the community level. MCDI and its partners work with the NMCP to strengthen technical, management, leadership and supervisory capacity at the National, Departmental and Health Zone levels to support improvements in technical oversight, establish clear goals for the provision of quality treatment and establish accountability at health facilities.