Madagascar: Nutrition Profile

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  • Madagascar

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  • Population

    25.6 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    3.9 Million

  • % Stunting

    42% Of Children Under 5

  • % Wasting

    6% Of Children Under 5

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Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. The consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policymakers in Madagascar, where 6 percent of children under five are acutely malnourished or wasted (have low weight-for-height) and 42 percent of children under five are stunted (have low height-for-age) (INSTAT and UNICEF 2019).

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of November 2020, the following USAID programs with a focus on nutrition were active in Madagascar.

  • Accessible Continuum of Care and Essential Services Sustained (ACCESS)
  • BHA contribution to UNICEF
  • BHA Contribution to the World Food Programme (WFP)
  • BHA Resilience and Food Security Activity (RFSA): Fiovana
  • BHA Resilience and Food Security Activity (RFSA): Maharo
  • Supporting Health Outcomes through Private Sectors (SHOPS) Plus Activity
  • USAID Community Capacity for Health Program (Mahefa Miaraka)


For more information, read the Madagascar country profile [PDF, 239KB].

Last updated: August 20, 2021

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