Environment

Integration of environmental programs with other services may have a myriad of benefits to the targeted populations.  A program supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Madagascar found that integrating environmental health with reproductive health and family planning programs encourages men and adolescent boys to be more involved with the programs.  Integrating environment into other services and/or interventions may assist in building trust with community members because it often addresses the issues they consider to be very important.  Environmental health is one of the biggest issues facing the global health field today.  Integrating environment into other services and/or interventions can enable projects to increase their efficiency through economies of scale that allow for pooling expertise from different fields and often, community members save time by participating in integrated programs.  [i]

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