Moroni, Comoros: USAID/Madagascar Mission Director Susan Sawhill Riley visited Grand Comoros March 10 – 13 to review the accomplishments of a small USAID-finance program managed by Planet Finance that has created employment and income generation opportunities.
“This $317,000 microfinance program is increasing the business and leadership skills of vulnerable groups helping them learn to manage businesses, increasing their access to credit, and promoting the entrepreneurial spirit that is so essential to development,” said Ms. Sawhill Riley.
ANTSIRANANA, MADAGASCAR : The Director General of USAID Madagascar, Susan Sawhill Riley, visited Diego Suarez February 24 to 27 as part of a tour of health projects, and share with partners and beneficiaries USAID’s major priorities, including the renewed promise to end preventable maternal and child deaths.
Mahajanga, Madagascar –Mission Director Susan Sawhill Riley attended on September 30 in Mahajanga the launch of a mass distribution campaign for close to 3,000,000 mosquito nets to fight malaria across northwestern Madagascar. This campaign, conducted by USAID and its partners, including PSI/Madagascar, UNICEF and the Global Fund, impressive logistic and staff.
Antananarivo, Madagascar: USAID/Madagascar is celebrating the achievements of a major five-year $31.5 million project that will reach its completion in July 2013. The USAID-funded community health project, Santenet2, was dedicated to increasing the use of life-saving primary health care services and commodities in Madagascar. Santenet2 assisted the Malagasy people by providing services in maternal and child health, nutrition, family planning, reproductive health, malaria control, and sexually-transmitted infections (STI/HIV/AIDS).
Poverty and the absence of opportunities for productive employment are the known primary causes for human trafficking. Today, the Comoros is considered to be source country of men, women and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Therefore, to counteract human trafficking in the Comoros, the USAID mission to Madagascar and the Comoros has awarded a grant to PlaNet Finance in the amount of $317,000 to implement a microfinance program which will create employment and income generation opportunities.
USAID/Madagascar announced a five-year $36 million health program on February 28. The new Integrated Social Marketing Program (ISM), implemented by PSI Madagascar nationwide, will improve people’s health and increase the use of health products and services.
In the immediate aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Haruna, which struck Madagascar’s exposed and populated southwest coast as a category two cyclone on 22 February, the United States Government has announced it will provide U.S. $50,000 in emergency relief to provide material assistance for cyclone victims.
The US government through USAID has committed for decades to supporting the Malagasy people in fighting poverty. USAID launched officially in August 2011 the Malagasy Healthy Families (MAHEFA) program, a $35 million 5-year community-based integrated health program that provides quality health cares to rural populations in isolated areas in northern and northwestern Madagascar.
Figures speak for themselves—fifty percent of children under five years in Madagascar are acutely or chronically malnourished. The US government through USAID/Madagascar and its community health project, Santenet2, is working to put an end to this situation by presenting, on Thursday May 24, twenty baby scales to the community health volunteers (CHVs) in Anjeva Gare and Ambanitsena communes, to help them monitor the growth of children 5 in their respective villages.
Last updated: August 19, 2014