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Last updated: April 06, 2022

April 6, 2022

For Ella Gnanvi, the first two years of working as a medical warehouse manager could be summed up in one word: tedious. In her role as manager of medicines and medical supplies at the depot, Ella would receive orders from health centers situated in Cotonou, Benin’s economic capital, and work for a week to process them and fill out the stock cards. After consulting handwritten logs, checking inventory and expiration dates, and filling out endless amounts of paperwork, Ella would finally be able to send the medicines on to pharmacies for waiting clients.

April 22, 2021

Louise Sambieni, a woman living in the village of Kountori, Atacora Department, Benin, was unable to afford the medicine she needed when she fell ill with malaria. Fortunately, as a member of the Tilyikna Women’s Group, an organization representing 50 women, Louise had somewhere to turn.

April 7, 2021

For 40 years, community health workers (CHWs) have been at the forefront of Benin’s community health strategy, and with the government’s support, are now taking a greater lead in data management using regularly updated registers. However, the data contained in these registers is often not systematically transferred to a central database and mired with frequent calculation errors, hindering the proper use of community data for decision-making around allocation of resources for community health. 

March 8, 2021

Justine lives near Porto-Novo, Benin’s capital. On a regular day, she is responsible for household chores and cares for her son, who has a learning disability. Without an income source of her own, she relied on her husband, who controlled the family’s finances and had acted violently towards her.

January 20, 2021

As COVID-19 began to spread in Benin, the Integrated Health Services Activity, led by Management Sciences for Health with support from USAID through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, mobilized financial and technical support to Benin’s health zones to ensure that essential health services and malaria interventions continued throughout the pandemic.